Ex-Head of Russian Post Dmitry Strashnov suspected of swindling

Ex-Head of Russian Post Dmitry Strashnov suspected of swindling
Dmitry Strashnov

In 2014–2015, Strashnov issued bonuses in the amount of 270 million rubles ($4.29 mln) to his deputies, as well as 95 million rubles ($1.5 mln) to himself.

The ICR is checking into ex-Director General of Russian Post Dmitry Strashnov under Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code (Swindling) and 201 (Abuse of Official Powers), Baza reports. In 2014–2015, Strashnov issued bonuses in the amount of almost 270 million rubles to his deputies and 95 million rubles to himself. 

As CEO of Russian Post, Strashnov twice ordered bonuses to be paid to his deputies. In 2014, he issued bonuses worth 89.5 million rubles ($1.4 mln), and 179.4 million rubles ($2.84 mln) in 2015. 

Strashnov called the net profit allegedly received by the company during these two years (1.253 and 1.578 billion rubles, respectively) as grounds for rewards. However, the investigation found out that the positive balance of Russian Post was due to subsidies from the federal budget, which in 2014 and 2015 amounted to 6.462 billion rubles. 

In 2017, the Prosecutor's Office referred the materials about the initiation of a criminal case against Strashnov under the article on Abuse of Official Powers to the ICR. At the same time, 95 million rubles was frozen on the accounts of the ex-general director of Russian Post. Later, the attachment was removed from Strashnov’s accounts, and the only person involved in the case was Irina Lapteva, an official of the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media, who signed the documents on the payment of bonuses.

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