Vodokanal MUE management detained and arrested in Khabarovsk
Law enforcers have detained Head of the Vodokanal Municipal Unitary Enterprise (MUE) Vladimir Steblevsky, Chief Engineer Konstantin Domnin, and Steblevsky’s son-in-law Sergey Makarov on suspicion of embezzling budgetary funds.
According to the Far East media, the detention took place yesterday, on March 25, and today the court has elected arrest for 2 months as a preventive measure for the suspects Vladimir Steblevsky, who is also a deputy of the Khabarovsk City Duma, and Sergey Makarov. The MUE Chief Engineer Konstantin Domnin has not been arrested, as he is currently in a hospital.
It is reported that Deputy Head of the MUE Vladimir Shumilin will become the enterprise's acting head.
A criminal case under Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code (Swindling) was initiated on March 6. On the same day, security officials conducted searches in the suspects' offices and homes, seizing material values; about 50 million rubles ($878,000) in various currencies was seized from Konstantin Domnin.
The management of Khabarovsk's Vodokanal has long been suspected of corruption, fraud with state purchases, and embezzlement of budget funds. In September 2016, social activists sent a petition calling for the dismissal of Head of the MUE Vladimir Steblevsky to Mayor of Khabarovsk Aleksandr Sokolov and President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. As a result, Steblevsky received the minimal punishment, that is, he was deprived of the bonus. Later, the regional office of the All-Russia People’s Front, social network users, and the local media did initiate the criminal case against the MUE’s management, which may be involved in embezzling hundreds of millions of rubles.
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