Two officials of Smolny detained for large bribe
The deputy director of the institution Imuschestvo (Property), Alexander Ivanov, and deputy director of the property fund of St. Petersburg, Ilya Zhinkin, gave companies the pre-emptive right to buy out the areas on Nevsky.
The FSB office in St. Petersburg has detained the deputy director of the state property Imushchestvo, Alexander Ivanov, and his alleged accomplice, deputy director of the property fund of St. Petersburg Ilya Zhinkin. This is reported by Fontanka.
Both officials are suspected of taking bribes on an especially large scale for the services of preferential acquisition of buildings on the Nevsky Prospekt.
According to the publication, the operatives managed to detain Ivanov and his accomplice within the criminal case initiated on February 16 under part 6 of Art. 290 of the Russian Criminal Code. The case was initiated after large-scale searches in organizations subordinated to the Property Relations Committee (KIO). According to the investigation, the defendants received about 1.7 million rubles (~30.000 USD) for assistance in registering the real estate in the center of St. Petersburg.
The KIO confirmed Ivanov’s detention to the portal’s journalists. He wrote a letter of resignation and is no longer working in the State Property Fund, noted in the institution.
Ilya Zhinkin was detained earlier than Ivanov and now is in custody. The official does not admit his guilt.
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