Tuapse Mayor faces case of exceeding official powers
Vladimir Zverev is also suspected of official forgery. The damage from his actions is estimated at 23 million rubles ($351.6 thousand).
The Mayor of the Tuapse city settlement, Vladimir Zverev, has become a defendant in a criminal case on Exceeding Official Powers (part 2 of Art. 286 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and Official Forgery (part 1, 2 of Art. 292 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), according to the press service of the Investigative Committee of Russia.
Zverev has been detained, the investigation asks to take him into custody. Other counts of the official’s illegal activities are being established.
According to investigators, in May, a businessman turned to Zverev with a request to lease him a land plot for 49 years. Knowing that he did not have the right to allocate land without bidding, the Mayor of Tuapse still decided to give land to the entrepreneur. Moreover, false information about the decision of Tuapse City Court was included in the decree. An underestimated rental price per year was indicated in the contract concluded in June.
The damage from Zverev’s actions is estimated at over 23 million rubles ($351.6 thousand).
In January 2018, a criminal case was opened against the previous Tuapse Mayor, Alexander Chekhov. He was accused of taking a bribe on an especially large scale. In December 2017, the official was detained at the Krasnodar airport when receiving 2 million rubles ($30.5 thousand).