No complaints here: corpus delicti missed in Novosibirsk ex-Governor's corruption case

No complaints here: corpus delicti missed in Novosibirsk ex-Governor's corruption case
Vasily Yurchenko

In the case of former Governor Vasily Yurchenko corpus delicti is to seek.

The Investigative Committee terminated the case against former Governor of the Novosibirsk region Vasily Yurchenko. Previously, he was suspected of abuse of official powers. According to investigators, being Governor, in 2012, he transferred land from the category of industry, defense and communications lands category to agrarian one. It was about 17 hectares of land in the Ordynsk district, where the landfill with ammunition was located. The investigation lasted for almost 2.5 years.

As lawyer of the ex-official Alexander Balian told TASS, the case is disclosed for lack of evidence - the transfer procedure of land to another category was lawful. The defender referred to the local Federal Property Agency's (Rosimuschestvo) decision, which then concluded that the land plot was not a federal property, and therefore there could not be a violation of the Russian Federation right. However, according to the lawyer, Rosimuschestvo presented documents, in which it was stated that the land plot still belongs to the Russian Federation, and the investigators found that the mistake was caused by the failure of a computer program. Investigative bodies does not comment on it.

In addition, in December 2015, Yurchenko appered in another case. The Russian Investigative Committee accused the former official of abuse of official powers on the sale of land at reduced prices for the construction of four-star hotel; a multimillion-dollar damage was caused to the regional budget. Yurchenko did not plead guilty.

In February 2016, it became known about the resumption of another investigation into the theft of 152 million rubles for the construction of industrial and logistics park in the Novosibirsk region. The decision stated that the cost of the work was overstated by more than 40%. The apartments, owned by Vasily Yurchenko, his son Dmitry and his wife (in Moscow), were searched.

In March 2014, Yurchenko was relieved of his post by the decree of President Vladimir Putin in connection with the loss of confidence. In the same year he was placed under house arrest.

Also, administrative proceedings were opened in respect to Vasily Yurchenko's spouse - Natalia. She is suspected of violating immigration laws. According to the investigation, in November 2014, she received a three-year residence permit in Austria, but not notified the migration service.

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