Prosecution of Chelyabinsk ex-Governor linked to Sugrobov case

Prosecution of Chelyabinsk ex-Governor linked to Sugrobov case
Mikhail Yurevich

Well-informed sources suggest that Mikhail Yurevich was ‘handed over’ to the security officers not only by the former Health Minister of the Southern Urals, but also by German businessman Valdemar Raizvikh.

The criminal case on charges of corruption of ex-Governor of the Chelyabinsk region Mikhail Yurevich is related to the investigation against former Head of the MIA General Administration for Economic Security and Combatting Corruption (GUEBiPK) Denis Sugrobov and German businessman Valdemar Raizvikh. One of the informed deputies of the State Duma and lawyer of Yurevich Igor Trunov told RBK about this.

Thus, the operatives of the anticorruption central office suspected Raizvikh of corrupt relations with the officials the President’s executive officer, the governments of the Tyumen and Chelyabinsk regions, including Yurevich. In particular, as it follows from GUEBiPK materials of the case, when delivering equipment to the Chelyabinsk region, Raizvikh’s company paid a payoff of 25%. In addition, during the search it turned out that in 2012 he paid €50.000 for the treatment of Yurevich’s family.

In October 2012 a criminal case was opened against Raizvikh and two Tyumen officials. However, subsequently GUEBiPK freed the German from criminal prosecution due to his cooperation with operatives. Later on, the businessman became a victim in the case of the criminal community in the central office.


In early 2014 former Head of the MIA GUEBiPK Lieutenant-General Denis Sugrobov and other staff members of the central committee became involved in a criminal case. They are accused of organizing a criminal community, exceeding authority, falsifying evidence and bribe-taking. In the summer of 2014 Sugrobov's deputy Boris Kolesnikov committed suicide during interrogation in the Investigative Committee.

According to the lawyer of ex-Head of the Chelyabinsk region Yurevich, it is convenient for Raizvikh to give evidence to evade responsibility.

“He has already given testimony in the case of Teslenko. They were neutral, did not affect Yurevich in any way. But judging by the fact that the case was brought against Yurevich, Raizvikh, apparently, said something new", – believes Igor Trunov.

The day before the Investigative Committee reported that former Minister of Health of the Southern Urals Vitaly Teslenko, who is serving a sentence for corruption, gave the testimony against the ex-Governor of the Chelyabinsk region. The verdict in respect of the latter is also connected with the supply of equipment. Teslenko received a remuneration in the amount of 71 million rubles ($1.2m) from the heads of two commercial companies for assistance in concluding state contracts for the supply of high-tech medical equipment. The ex-minister has served more than 4 years out of 7 years appointed by court, so now he can expect parole.

Now, Teslenko decided to expose Yurevich in corruption, since his testimony can become a condition for his parole. According to unofficial data, in his testimony the ex-minister said that in 2012 he gave the governor a bribe amounting to 500-700 thousand rubles ($8.6 – 12 thousand). "It is funny – billionaire Yurevich takes a bribe from his subordinate in the amount of half a million ($8.6 thousand)", – people joke in social networks. However, experts do not exclude that other episodes can be pinned on the ex-governor. In particular, Yurevich's circles suggest that the criminal case against the ex-governor could be initiated after he had witnessed two other high-profile cases that are being heard now in the Chelyabinsk region (ex-Senator Tsybko and ex-Vice Governor Nikolay Sandakov).

Currently Mikhail Yurevich is in Israel in a medical setting. His lawyer Igor Trunov said that the ex-Governor of the Chelyabinsk region was ready to fly to Moscow the next week.

"He is ready to appear (for interrogation to investigators – editorial comment) and give comprehensive evidence, he has nothing to hide", – said Trunov.


Mikhail Yurevich headed the Chelyabinsk region between 2010 and 2014, before that he had worked as the mayor of Chelyabinsk for five years. Yurevich's family owns Russian agro-industrial holding Makfa, the largest producer of pasta in Russia. The company's production capacity, according to its own data, accounts for 20% of Russia's pasta. 



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