Emergency Situations Ministry officers accused of abuse of authority
A criminal case has been initiated; police are working to establish the identity of suspects.
A criminal case is initiated against unidentified employees of the Main Department of Capital Construction of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia. According to a source from law enforcement agencies, they are suspected of abuse of authority while making state contracts.
In September 2011, the Department of Capital Construction and the company VIP-Stroyengineering concluded a state contract. As it follows from the agreement, the company and the management were engaged in shared housing construction for the Ministry of Emergency Situations in the Leninsky district.
The total amount of the contract with an additional conclusion amounted to 1.5 billion rubles ($24.2m). The Department of Capital Construction paid the entire amount under the agreement. During the investigation, it was found that the cost per square meter in the deal was 43 thousand rubles, although in 2011 the price of one square meter for federal needs could not exceed 30 thousand rubles.
In the same year 2011, the Ministry of Emergency Situations held an electronic auction for the design and construction of a residential building in Moscow. The contract was won by the company Bamstroyput', with which the Department of Capital Construction concluded a state contract worth 643.7 million rubles ($10.4m).
Further, by the act of endorsement signed by the employees of the Department of Capital Construction dated December 2011, all the documents, including the definite conclusion of the state expertise, were transferred to the customer, after which the company received 25 million rubles. However, in fact, the positive conclusion of the state expertise was obtained as a result of engineering surveys only in January 2014.
Such actions were regarded as an abuse of official powers, and a criminal case was initiated against unidentified employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia on May 7 of this year.
Recall that ex-general director of the VIP-Stroyengineering company Vadim Mitryakov was convicted of complicity in a theft at the Vostochny spaceport. Mitryakov admitted his guilt and received four years' imprisonment in a colony of the general regime.
On October 15, the Russian branch of Amnesty International reported on the abduction of its employee Oleg Kozlovsky by unknown persons during the monitoring of protests in Magas against the agreement on borders with Chechnya.