North-Western Rostechnadzor head's millions siphoned off overseas
The investigation suggests that the gang created by the official was withdrawing funds abroad.
Grigory Slabikov, the chief of the North-Western Department of the Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service (Rostechnadzor), and his daughter Elena, who were arrested in the fraud case, could have bank accounts abroad. Investigators suggest this, put over the searches at the office and residence of the defendants.
According to the investigation, from 2011 to 2016, 57-year-old Slabikov created a criminal group, which included ten people, including his daughter Elena. He collected bribes from companies, patronizing them in return.
Firms paying the tribute were participants in self-regulatory organization Stroitelny Resurs (SRO). The official received at least one million rubles ($16.150) from each company. There were several hundred companies that paid a tribute. Slabin, together with businessman Alexey Shuvalov, stole about 4 billion rubles ($64.6m) from SRO accounts, withdrawing funds to the accounts of one-day firms, and then abroad - to Spain, the investigation believes.
In particular, it is established that Shuvalov controlled Stroitelny Resurs. When in September 2017 his company Nord-West Capital lost its license for investment and mutual funds management, it was found out that four billion rubles had disappeared from the SRO accounts.
Within the framework of the case, the operatives of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Federal Security Service of Russia in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region conducted nearly 20 searches in the building of the North-West Department of Rostechnadzor, the country house of Grigory Slabikov, in the safe-deposit boxes and in the apartments of his daughter Elena.
As reported, the siloviki found cash in rubles and currency, as well as a collection of expensive watches and jewelry worth about 1.5 billion rubles ($24.2m) in the mansion of the official and in his apartment on the Krestovsky Island. Slabikov’s safe-deposit box in the Tavrichesky bank kept 550 thousand dollars.
The official could not explain the origin of all his wealth: according to the tax return, his annual income is 1.5 million rubles ($24.200).
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