Regional Minister Igor Vasilyev detained after searches in Stavropol Ministry of Construction
The court has elected a preventive measure in the form of house arrest against the suspect of abuse of office.
Law enforcement officers have conducted searches in the Ministry of Construction, Road Facilities and Transport of the Stavropol region, during which documents were seized, Stavropolye State TV and Radio Broadcasting Company reports.
According to the local media, the house of Minister of Construction and Road Facilities of the region Igor Vasilyev has also been searched, after which the official was detained. It is reported that he is suspected of abuse of office under part 2 of Art. 285 of the Russian Criminal Code. The city court has already elected Vasilyev a preventive measure in the form of house arrest.
The investigative and law enforcement bodies have not commented on the arrest of the construction ministry head; however, it is known that during the searches in the ministry building, its employees were taken to the street to avoid information leakage.
As noted by NewsTracker citing a source in the regional government, the criminal case against Vasilyev may be associated with a scandal surrounding the mass subscription of regional state unitary enterprises to local press. Allegedly, in so doing, the ministry tried to bribe its way out of criticism in printed publications.
As it was earlier reported according to Head of the regional office of the Federal Antimonopoly Service Sergey Nikitin, municipal services of Stavropol region would include into the rates the expenses for excessive subscription to newspapers. This included the enterprises subordinated to the Ministry of Construction of the Stavropol region.