Deputy Director of Rosseti branch in Karelia extorts 1.2 million rubles from businessman
Deputy Director of the Karelenergo Company branch and his accomplices deliberately created debts for their company and demanded money to wipe them off, the investigators reported.
The Russian Investigative Committee department for the Republic of Karelia has opened a criminal case against Deputy Director of the North-Western interregional distribution grid company Karelenergo and his accomplices for extorting money from the company's director. The defendants are the Karelenergo deputy director, chief of the energy accounting service South Karelia Electric Grid, and a resident of Petrozavodsk. They are suspected of commercial bribery committed by a group of persons by prior conspiracy, coupled with extortion of a bribery object (art. 204 para. 4 of the Criminal Code).
According to the investigation, the defendants deliberately run Karelenergo into electricity debts before one of the companies. After that, the suspects began to demand 1.2 million from the director to reduce the existing debt, which at that time was 15 million rubles. In case of non-compliance, the high-ranking officials threatened to cut off electricity.
The investigation is currently trying to find out all the circumstances of the incident, as well as to check information about other similar violations. The names of the suspects have not been disclosed yet.
On June 16, Karelenergo celebrated its 85th anniversary. Moreover, the anniversary of the Republic of Karelia was celebrated on the same day. The head of the region Alexander Khudilainen said in his congratulatory message that "for all these years the Karelian energy officials have lived one destiny with the republic."
Karelenergo is part of the Rossetti power company, and one of the key enterprises of the republic.