St. Petersburg’s most influential investigator Lieutenant Colonel Morozova dismissed
The Head of the Economic Department no. 4 at the Main Investigations Directorate of MIA General Administration of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, Lieutenant Colonel of Justice Morozova, who was involved in a corruption scandal in early October, has been dismissed from the internal affairs bodies.
According to Fontanka news agency, Natalya Morozova has herself turned in a resignation. Her vacation of office was preceded by events in early October, when FSB officers arrested CEO and owner of the St. Petersburg company Al Engineering Andrey Panteleev, suspected of embezzling 1.6 billion rubles from the Ministry of Defense under a contract with Spetsstroy for the performance of a number of construction works beyond the Arctic Circle, namely in Novaya Zemlya Tiksi, and Severnaya Zemlya.
Two days later, the FSB raided Lieutenant Colonel of Justice Morozova’s office, apartment and country house; she was then interrogated by investigators and released home on sick leave.
As previously reported by the CrimeRussia, information from the smartphone of the detained Panteleev served as grounds for the raid; according to the information, Head of the Economic Department no. 4 at the Main Investigations Directorate of MIA General Administration of St. Petersburg Colonel of Justice Morozova warned the above suspect in embezzlement of the investigative actions against him and the upcoming detention, after which he tried to escape to Finland, but was arrested at the Finland Station of St. Petersburg.
During the interrogation by FSB investigators, Morozova admitted the facts that prompted the searches. She is a witness in the case of swindling against Al-Engineering company management.
Fontanka.ru noted that against the background of a series of media publications in the wake of the raid on Morozova, Head of the Investigative Department of the MIA of Russia Aleksandr Savenkov dismissed by Vladimir Putin last week had a phone conversation on the subject of Lieutenant Colonel Morozova with her immediate boss, Head of the St. Petersburg Main Investigations Directorate General Aleksandr Romanov. Following this conversation, Morozova was forced to leave the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
As noted by the news agency, over the last 5 years of work in the Main Investigations Directorate Natalya Morozova was one of the foremost figures, well-known not only in law enforcement agencies, but also among the business elite of St. Petersburg.
Despite being in good standing with senior officials, there also existed a different perception of Lieutenant Colonel Morozova. She was accused of self-indulgence and framing-up of businessmen in order to use the criminal cases against them as a "tool of oppression".
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