Vice-governor of Vladimir region detained on suspicion of bribe-taking
The deputy governor of the Vladimir region for property and land relations has been placed in a temporary detention facility for 72 hours.
As TASS reports citing Region Governor Svetlana Orlova, Vice-Governor of the Vladimir region Elena Mazan'ko has been detained on suspicion of bribe-taking.
Elena Mazan'ko, responsible for supervision of the department's property and land relations, financial management and socio-economic support of the region, is accused of bribery. It is currently reported about two crime episodes, namely, for the amounts of 1 and 2 million rubles (17.6 and 35.3 thousand dollars, respectively).
According to the governor of the Vladimir region, both episodes, of which her deputy is suspected, relate to 2014. It is reported that the bribes are associated with the distribution of land in the Vladimir region.
At the same time, Svetlana Orlova believes that her deputy has not taken any bribes, and her detention is a provocation.
Press service of the FSB administration and the Investigative Committee for the Vladimir region has not commented on the information about Mazan'ko’s detention to TASS, and the governor’s spokesman is not available for calls.
Elena Mazan'ko joined the regional administration in July 2013. Earlier, the official occupied the post of deputy director of the Department of Property Relations of the Ministry of Economic Development, and before that, she used to be vice-governor of the Kemerovo region.
ProVladimir recalls that last year, Elena Mazan'ko became mired in the so-called 'story with golden toilet brushes', when the regional administration spent a great deal of money on luxury goods such a 23-thousand-ruble toilet brush, a 600-thousand-ruble cabinet decorated with ivory and gold, as well as elite Italian sanitary ware.
Let us recall that as much as four criminal cases of bribe-taking on an especially large scale had been previously initiated against another former Vice-Governor of the Vladimir region Dmitry Khvostov. He is currently under arrest in a pre-trial detention center until June 26.
According to investigators, in May 2011, Vorotnikov ripped off several sock caps from uniformed policemen, threw them on to the roadway and stroked over the police officer's head twice during an unsanctioned rally.