The Chief Veterinary Officer of the Bryansk Region for bribes permitted to sell contaminated meat
Investigative agencies of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation in the Bryansk Region completed the investigation of the criminal case against the former regional Chief Veterinary Officer Vladimir Ponomarev.
He is accused of committing crimes under Part 2 of Art. 285 and p."b" Part 5 of Art. 290 of the Russian Criminal Code (abuse of power and bribery on a large scale for the commission of unlawful acts by a person holding public office of the Russian Federation subject).
According to the investigation, in March 2014 the CVO acting against the interests of the service for selfish and other personal motives committed illegal actions for the benefits of legal entities engaged in processing meat products. In one case, for a bribe of 200 thousand rubles Ponomarev ordered to issue bogus fake veterinary documents confirming recycling of 50 pigs infected with African swine fever virus. At that, this infected meat was later sold at retail. In another case, bogus veterinary documents allowed to conceal the fact of detection of ASF virus in one of the meat-processing enterprises. As a result, the contaminated meat was processed into sausage products also merchandised through the retail network.
Thus, the rights of citizens to a healthy environment and quality of food were substantially violated. Also, information about the real situation on the ASF virus in the Region was distorted. This allowed the CVO, who was supposed to take the necessary measures to prevent the spread of the virus, create the appearance of proper performance of his duties.
In order to ensure the possible penalties, the court at the request of the investigators seized the defendant’s cash and real property assets including the four-room apartment and a land plot.
The investigation has collected sufficient evidence, which resulted in the signing of indictment and soon the criminal case will be taken to the court.
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