Vice Governor of Vladimir region arrested for bribe

Vice Governor of Vladimir region arrested for bribe
Dmitry Khvostov

Dmitry Khvostov, serving as the Deputy Governor on construction until recently, is accused of receiving a bribe of 1.4 million rubles.

In Vladimir the Oktyabrsky District Court has chosen a preventive measure in the form of detention for the former Vice Governor of the Vladimir region Dmitry Khvostov, who had been arrested on suspicion of bribe-taking on a large scale the other day.

According to investigative body, granting the motion filed by investigator of the regional ICR Investigations Directorate, noting the possibility of influencing the course of investigation in case Khvostov remains free, the court left the official under arrest until December 25.

The former Vice Governor of the Vladimir region was arrested on October 26 in Krasnodar, from where he was transferred to Vladimir detention center on the same day.

TASS notes that the ICR together with the regional FSB of Russia is investigating the case under part 6 of Art. 290 of the Russian Criminal Code initiated against the former official.

According to investigation, in early 2014, one of the local businessmen offered Khvostov to provide for the construction of a social facility, to be constructed by the briber for its commercial structure's money, at the expense of budget funds in exchange for a remuneration. As early as in March, the agreed amount of 1.4 million rubles was transferred to the account of a third party, provided by the official. Once the money was withdrawn, the bribe was handed over to Khvostov.

Vladimir media notes that this episode is the only case of Khvostov receiving a bribe. The investigation believes that Khvostov, supervising the construction industry and exceeding his official powers, rendered services to entrepreneurs receiving money or real estate as payment. For this purpose, he exerted influence on the local government and its subordinate departments of regional administration, namely the Regional Department of Construction, the Gosstroynadzor (Building Inspection Authority), and the Gosokhotinspektsiya (State Inspectorate for the Protection and Use of Wildlife).

According to media, Dmitry Khvostov suddenly resigned in September 2016. Earlier it was reported that he resigned voluntarily, but October 27, it became known that the vice governor "missed deadlines for construction of some important objects." This was announced by the Governor Svetlana Orlova at a briefing of the regional Government.

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