Sochi deputy mayor resigns following arrests of administration officials

Sochi deputy mayor resigns following arrests of administration officials
Irina Romanets

The city administration has not provided any official comments about her resignation.

Sochi Deputy Head Irina Romanets has voluntarily resigned. This is reported by Kavkazsky Uzel referring to its own sources.

According to the publication, the official turned in her resignation on New Year's Eve. Now her duties are performed by Head of the Sochi Health Department Marina Vartazaryan. 

Early on, investigators had seized documents from Romanets’s workplace. Immediately after that, the official went on a long vacation, which was supposed to last until the end of February. No official comment has been provided about her resignation.

To recall, last October, a number of Sochi administration officials were prosecuted and arrested. The defendants in the case included Vice-Mayor Ivan Bomberger, Director of the Department of Architecture, Urban Development and Improvement Vladimir Malov, Head of Vodokanal Sergey Vinarsky, as well as Deputy Mayor Sergey Yurin. They were charged with Exceeding Official Powers.

The arrests were related to the investigation of criminal cases in the field of housing. According to the investigation, in Sochi, corrupt officials churned out permits for the illegal construction and reconstruction of residential buildings by formalizing them as usual redevelopments, including by obtaining court decisions on falsified materials. 

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