Pskov region: Chairperson of Natural Resource Management Committee fired for alleged corruption
Natalia Vdovina, the chairperson of the State Committee for Natural Resource Management and Environmental Protection for the Pskov region, has been dismissed due to loss of trust and confidence.
Governor Andrey Turchak was the one terminating the official after a functional audit.
The regional administration highlighted that the Committee Chairperson had been dismissed due to loss of trust and confidence.
The Governor had personally ordered that the regional anti-corruption department should hold some checks on Vdovina, which revealed a conflict of interest.
Before joining the civil service, Vdovina reportedly worked for a commercial company run by Yuri Gukov, who later applied for an investment project under the name "Development of industry for added-value wood processing in the Pskov region" by Torgovy Dom Kutekrom (Kutekrom Trade House) LLC, also run by him.
According to Pskov media, Natalia Vdovina would accompany him and also try to get approval for the project from the authorities, which violated the anti-corruption law.
Compliant to Article 59.2 of the Federal Law, "On the State Civil Service in the Russian Federation", the official has been terminated.