Security forces raided Pervouralsk Town Hall in framework of corruption case investigation
The pretext for the searches served a distribution of municipal land plots, which officials have issued to them and their relatives.
Offices of the Deputy Head of the Pervouralsk Administration in the Sverdlovsk region Dmitry Soldatov and the Department of architecture and urban planning of the city were searched. Employees of the MIA Department of economic security and anti-corruption seized documents and electronic devices, content of which is analyzed. Law enforcers did not disclose the reason for operational measures on the ground of the investigation secrecy.
However, according to Znak.com citing its sources, searches took place in the framework of the Prosecutor's investigation, which lasted for six weeks. The Office suspects officials in violation of the legislation in the allocation of municipal land plots. The Prosecutor's Office found that in July 2016 during the allocation of land relatives of the Mayor's Office employees and the officials, members of the Land Commission, received plots. The Chairman of the Commission was the Deputy Head of the Pervouralsk Administration Dmitry Soldatov. Thus, the Head of the Department of architecture and urban planning Konstantin Gartman and his wife Natalia received a site in the Novoalekseevskaya village in area of 3 thousand sq. m. in rent for 20 years for individual housing construction. The same size land was rented to the grandfather of the Dmitry Soldatov's ex-wife, Gennady Brylunov. Brylunov himself did not apply with a statement to grant him the land. Another area in Novoalekseevskaya was admeasured to the relative of the Pervouralsk public institution Cadastral Chamber Chief Anastasia Ponomareva, Alexander Ponomarev. The minutes of the commission's meeting was signed by Soldatov and then, on August 1, was endorsed by the Acting Head of the Pervouralsk Administration Valery Horev.
After identifying the conflicts of interest the city Prosecutor asked the court to annul the minutes of the meeting of the Land Commission. Officials refused to voluntary provide the documents of the municipal land transactions prompting investigators to conduct searches.