Case against former head of Rostekhnadzor for North-West grows by almost billion
The court extended the custody term of Grigory Slabikov, who is accused of fraud.
The Dzerzhinsky District Court of St. Petersburg extended the custody term of Grigory Slabikov, the former head of Rostekhnadzor for the North-West, who is accused of fraud (part 4 of Article 159 CCRF), until April 11, 2019. At the same time, the court extended the house arrest of the ex-official’s daughter Yelena. In this case, the imputed damage increased by almost a billion rubles ($ 15 million), the joint press service of St. Petersburg courts reported.
“Slabikov asked the court to change the pre-trial restriction to house arrest, explaining that he had pleaded guilty, repented, took measures to compensate the victims of the damage caused by the crime and actively cooperates with the investigation,” said the representative of the court.
Yelena Slabikova also pleaded guilty and repented of her criminal behavior.
According to the investigation, the Slabikovs were involved in the theft of 5.6 billion rubles ($ 84 million), which they siphoned off through a fly-by-night entity from the funds of three self-regulatory organizations (SROs). The latter listed many construction firms in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region. The main criminals left Russia.
The investigation considers Slabikov to be an ordinary executor, who regularly received about 20-25% of illegal funds for helping the fraudsters. During a search carried out in Slabikov’s office and cottage, the FSB officers found a collection of Swiss watches and other jewelry, as well as a large sum of money. As of December 2018, about 2.7 billion rubles ($ 40,4 million) were seized from the ex-official.
The Investigations Directorate in the Leningrad Region of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation (ICR) is going through turbulent times. After an unexpected replacement of the supreme command, the winds of change started blowing. Colonel of justice Pavel Vymenets, the new acting head of the agency, launched personnel reshuffles. According to sources, all means are used to purge the ranks from corrupt officers, including collection of compromising materials and denunciations.