Transparency International accused Rosselkhoznadzor head of conflict of interest
The Russian branch of Transparency International is to report the possible conflict of interests on the part of Head of Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert, who owns assets in the field of the agency he controls.
Deputy Head of a human rights organization Ilya Shumanov has told to Tsentr Upravleniya Issledovaniyami (Investigations Control Center, TSUR) that application to the Prosecutor General's Office will be sent in connection with the signs of an unsettled conflict of interests of Mr. Dankvert.
According to Shumanov, Sergey Dankvert owns companies that operate in the field of activity of the regulator subordinated to him, which creates a conflict of interest. Transparency International's deputy head noted that Dankvert have had the opportunity to give up his business in the agricultural sector, but he has not taken it.
The Rosselkhoznadzor head's assets in the agricultural sector currently include Agroplemsoyuz agricultural holding, the Kaluga LLCs DomStroy and Standard plus, as well as Ozyornoe hunting farm (76%).
Accodring to Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor's press service Yuliya Melano, who has commented on the situation, all of these assets are reflected in Dankvert's declaration. The official inherited the ownership from his father Aleksey Dankvert, president of Agroplemsoyuz and chairman of the Russian Union of Breeders' Board of Directors, who died in 2013.
Let us recall that President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has already pointed out the possible conflict of interests of the head of Rosselkhoznadzor, demanding to initiate a criminal case against Sergey Dankvert. February 7, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus announced the beginning of an investigation check into the actions of Rosselkhoznadzor employees. As reported by the Belarusian law enforcement authorities, those actions contained signs of a crime, in particular, Discrediting of the Business Reputation of Competitors (Art. 249 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus).
It is noteworthy that Minister of Agriculture Alexander Tkachev was also suspected of conflict of interest not so long ago. However, the check of the government commission, which was held on the initiative of Deputy Head of the Duma Committee on Security and Combatting Corruption Aleksandr Khinshtein, found no conflict of interest in the actions of Tkachev, whose relatives own N.I. Tkachev Agrokompleks CJSC. The largest agricultural holding of the Krasnodar region is named after its founder – the Minister's father.