Case over 1-billion-ruble embezzlement against Zapolyarye governor’s ex-adviser terminated

Case over 1-billion-ruble embezzlement against Zapolyarye governor’s ex-adviser terminated
Aleksey Presnov

After 4 years of investigation, there are no crime components in the high-profile case of 1-billion-ruble embezzlement.

The criminal case against former Adviser to Governor and ex-President of KRES-Alliance Aleksey Presnov has been terminated in the Murmansk region.

According to  Murmansk online outlet Blogger51, the high-profile case of 1-billion-ruble embezzlement, initiated in 2012, has been dismissed due to the "absence of corpus delicti."

Aleksey Presnov’s lawyer was acquainted with the decision to discontinue the proceedings in the criminal case on December 30.

As noted by the media outlet, the circumstances of case termination are exculpatory; the former adviser to the governor, who was detained four years ago in his workplace, is entitled to demand compensation for unlawful prosecution. Presnov was not arrested, the agency notes, but his accounts and property were seized for the entire period of investigation.

Let us recall that the criminal case for the revealed embezzlement of 1 billion rubles, of which leaders of the energy company were suspected, was initiated in 2012. According to investigation, in the period from 2007 to 2010, heads of Kolenergosbyt, the largest electricity supplier in the Murmansk region (with KRES-Alliance as its affiliated company) purchased electricity on the wholesale market for electricity and power, deliberately understating the amount of power required by consumers. At the same time, the supplier would receive payments from the region’s population and companies that were actually using much more energy, paying for it in accordance with the rate.

The guaranteeing supplier appropriated the revenue transferred to the Distribution Grid Company. The shareholders received about 735 million as dividends; the remaining 265 million rubles were added up to the share capital of the affiliated commercial organization.

May 2016, the Investigative Committee submitted the materials in the criminal case of 1-billion-ruble embezzlement against ex-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kolenergosbyt OJSC Aleksey Presnov to the AMIA of the Murmansk region, referring to "requalification to a milder article of the Russian Criminal Code (Art. 165 Infliction of Damage with no Evidence of Embezzlement)." However, Presnov’s lawyers stated that the case had been returned due to "impossibility of its termination by referring to the court."

Back then, the defense of the former official and businessman said the case had been opened by a mistake, and announced its intention to bring an end to the criminal prosecution of the client.

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