St. Petersburg: Vodokanal employees caught in bribery
Suspects allegedly turned a blind eye to the pollution of caused by some industries.
Investigators of the Russian northern capital initiated a criminal case regarding bribery against employees of the State Unitary Enterprise Vodokanal St. Petersburg. Soon the suspects will be charged, claims the St. Petersburg ICR’s press service.
According to the investigation, the head of the environmental monitoring service of the environmental management directorate, Roman Zakhlebaev, and the second category lead engineer for document support and subscribers monitoring service of the Vodootvedeniye St. Petersburg (Water Discharge) branch, Alexander Samchenko, received bribes for filing a declaration and forging data about the actual quality of wastewater of the bribe-giving company. According to the ICR, Konstantin Dusko and Alexander Tsukur acted as intermediaries in the transfer of the bribes.
In total, from February to December 2018, the suspects could receive at least 255 thousand rubles ($ 3,370), the investigation believes. All four were detained on December 3, 2018, when transferring 37 thousand rubles ($ 555) and a dummy of 90 thousand ($ 1,350). The investigation of the criminal case continues.
The Investigations Directorate in the Leningrad Region of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation (ICR) is going through turbulent times. After an unexpected replacement of the supreme command, the winds of change started blowing. Colonel of justice Pavel Vymenets, the new acting head of the agency, launched personnel reshuffles. According to sources, all means are used to purge the ranks from corrupt officers, including collection of compromising materials and denunciations.