St. Petersburg: head of Ust-Luga harbor, controlled by businessman Mikhalchenko, arrested
The head of harbor, which was controlled by 'around-the-clock Governor' Mikhalchenko, is suspected in dissipating of assets amounting to 1.5 billion rubles in the offshore.
Chairman of the Ust-Luga harbor Board of Directors Valery Izraylit is arrested on suspicion of embezzlement of 1.5 billion rubles. The money, according to Fontanka, has been allocated for development of the harbor. However, according to investigators, money was siphoned off through shell companies to offshore. The company's offices were searched. The case was initiated under Swindling (Art. 159 of the Criminal Code).
Ust-Luga company manages the eponymous harbor, which is one of the main harbors of St. Petersburg.
Previously, it was mentioned in connection with criminal cases related to smuggling.
In particular, in the spring, a big party of Courvoisier 1912 cognac, which was smuggled under the guise of sealer cement, was found. On March 30, on suspicion of involvement in this case businessman Dmitry Mikhalchenko was detained. Later, Head of the Federal Customs Service Andrey Belyaninov lost his position.
In addition, in 2014, a criminal investigation was opened upon the theft of money from Rosneftbunker (current name - JSC Ust-Luga Oil), which is the owner and operator of European largest oil product transshipment terminal from rail transport on tankers. Previously, the company was a subsidiary structure of the oil trader Gunvor, owned by billionaire Gennady Timchenko. In March 2015, the FSB arrested former Head of the Ministry of Defense of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic Oleg Bugrov. According to the FSB, he was involved in the supply of second-hand substandard pipes to Rosneftbunker.
In 2012, the pier of Rosneftbunker partially caved in the harbor. The investigation revealed that it was due to safety violations during the dredging work carried out by the Izrailyt's affiliation company Northern Dredging Company (KFOR). Rosmorport put a claim on 1 billion rubles of penalties, and in August 2014 the monitoring procedure was introduced in KFOR.
Corruption is overwhelming in the Republic of Bashkortostan. It infiltrates all branches of power. The recent arrests in the Bashkir Prosecutor’s Office clearly show that justice can be bought and sold there, while the verdict of Themis depends only on the purse size. All powerful officials and businessmen in the republic know how much it costs to institute or dismiss a case. After the replacement of the regional head, the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation has found out that not only the supreme authorities of the Republican Prosecutor’s Office are involved in the corruption scheme – but judges and high-ranked police commanders as well. What officials have sullied their reputation with bribe-taking and are going to fall victims to yet another sweeping purge? What are millions of rubles paid for? What is the true scale of corruption in the region – champion among national republics by that parameter?