Russian Post: $15.7m bonuses to Strashnov’s deputies are legit
The Prosecutor's Office is initiating a criminal case on abuse of authority against the CEO of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise.
Russian Post has officially responded to the statement by the Prosecutor's Office regarding illegally accrued bonuses for the company’s top managers. The enterprise believes that the bonuses were given in accordance with Russian labor legislation and internal regulations. The company also stressed that the CEO and his deputies have provided annual reports on the income, expenses and property to the Department of Civil Service and the Government Staff.
As the CrimeRussia reported previously, the Prosecutor's Office prepared a file to initiate proceedings on a new criminal case regarding power abuse against Russian Post CEO Dmitry Strashnov. The new charges concern bonuses for Strashnov’s deputies for 2014 and 2015. The top-managers received a total of 270 million rubles ($4.6m). Earlier, the Prosecutor's Office had filed a lawsuit to initiate proceedings on the same charges against Strashnov himself for taking a bonus of 95.4 million rubles ($1.5m). However, the Investigative Committee has not yet announced the inspection results or initiated the case.
Dmitry Strashnov himself had showed bewilderment concerning the Prosecutor’s checks. According to the CEO, when calculating his bonus Russian Post and the Ministry of Communications were relying on the by-laws. Strashnov argued that the situation was too ‘overheated’ and explained that if the government considers his bonus illegal, it needs to change the whole bonus system for top-managers of state companies. Dmitry Strashnov also claimed he saw no reason why he should give up his bonus.