Police come to Gazprom office in Makhachkala with searches

Police come to Gazprom office in Makhachkala with searches
Photo: Irina Buzhor / Kommersant

The investigation procedure is related to the legal case of the Dagestan branch of Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Pyatigorsk, initiated in 2013.

Dagestan security officials conducted searches in Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Makhachkala and in the tax office, RBC reported citing its sources in the central office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The local MIA officers conducted the investigation procedure in the offices on Magomeda Yaragskogo Street in Makhachkala. The information was confirmed by sources close to the government of Dagestan and by a representative of Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Group.

The searches are reportedly related to the case initiated in 2013 by Gazprom Mezhregiongaz. The Group appealed to law enforcement agencies following an inventory conducted in the Dagestan branch of Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Pyatigorsk.

The activities were also carried out in the office of the Federal Tax Service for Dagestan, RBC reports. According to its sources, the investigators got "the needed documents and left". A police source of the publication noted that the Ministry of Internal Affairs has been checking corruption reports in both organizations.

Earlier, major document seizures were carried out in most ministries of Dagestan, as well as in law enforcement bodies and the bailiffs’ administration of the republic. The anti-corruption operation has been conducted in Dagestan since early February; it is led by representatives of the interdepartmental commission from the central directorate of the Prosecutor General's Office, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Investigative Committee.

The operation resulted in the arrests of the former interim prime minister of Dagestan, two of his deputies and the former education minister of the republic. They became the defendants in the case of budget fraud, which was made a joint case and included a number of other ones, such as the organization of a criminal community (Art. 210 of the Criminal Code). The Investigative Committee estimated the damage from the wrongdoings of the officials at about 95.8 million rubles ($1.7m).

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