Rostekhnadzor Caucasus department deputy head suspected of receiving bribe of $15 thousand
The investigation believes Dmitry Zavarzin received money from a company engaged in construction of a solar power station.
Dmitry Zavarzin, Deputy Head of the Caucasian Department of Rostekhnadzor (Russian Federal Service for Ecological, Technical and Atomic Supervision), was suspected of receiving a bribe in the amount of 1 million rubles ($15.2 thousand), according to Komsomolskaya Pravda. Investigators in Yessentuki instituted a criminal case under Art. 290 of the Criminal Code in against him.
According to investigators, in April 2019, Zavarzin received a million rubles through an intermediary from a company that is building a solar power station. For this, the official promised to issue a permit for the commissioning works and clearance for the power plant's operation.
It was FSB officers that revealed the bribe-taking. In the near future, cases will be brought against the intermediary in the bribe transfer and a representative of the company that built the power plant.
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