Buryatia Deputy Minister of Natural Resources charged with stealing $44.000
Alexander Lbov, accused of fraud, was placed to the pre-trial detention center for two months.
Buryatia Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Alexander Lbo was sent to the detention center for two months (until May 13) upon the case of fraud.
At a hearing of the Zheleznodorozhny District Court of Ulan-Ude, where a measure of restraint was imposed on the official, it was revealed that Lbov was accused of embezzling budget funds for more than 2.6 million rubles ($44.000). He is charged under part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code.
However, the background of the criminal case is still not known. Initially, representatives of the press linked the detention of Lbov with the inefficient implementation of the Federal Target Program "Protection of Lake Baikal and the socio-economic development of the Baikal natural area for 2012-2020" (FTP). In particular, it provided for the liquidation of oil pollution in the area of the Steklozavod in the capital of the Republic. A partial confirmation of this information was a report that documents concerning the implementation of the FTP in the area of the Steklozavod were confiscated during the search.
However, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Natural Resources, Property and Land Relations Nikolay Buduev denied the information that appeared in the media.
"Baikal has nothing to do with it," Nikolai Buduev explained. "The program is funded, of course, in extremely inadequate amounts, there are problems with underfunding, but he was detained not for Baikal."
He also stressed that the official had been in the development of the special forces for a long time. However, Buduev did not report reasons for the arrest of the high-ranking official before the court's decision and the official comments of the security forces.
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