Ex-Ombudsman of Chelyabinsk region charged in case of fraud
Alexey Sevastyanov is suspected of trying to deceive into receiving a subsidy of 3 million rubles ($46,000).
The former ombudsman in the Chelyabinsk region, Aleksey Sevastyanov, was charged with attempted fraud. He said this in social networks, publishing a resolution of the investigators.
“Friends, so I became accused in my case. The essence of the charges is that I even studied to be a farmer only to steal budget funds. I do not know how to defend against this,” wrote the former Ombudsman.
Sevastyanov is suspected of trying to fraudulently obtain a subsidy of 3 million rubles ($46,000) for the development of farming. Investigators believe that he planned to get budget money and in fact do nothing. As part of the investigation of the case, he was transferred to Chelyabinsk.
The Presidential Council on Human Rights in the person of Andrey Babushkin has already called the charges “made-up and ordered.”
Aleksey Sevastyanov left the post of ombudsman of the region in 2016, after which for some time he headed the regional branch of the Rodina political party. In February 2017, investigating authorities opened a criminal case against Sevastyanov, according to which the former chairman of the Rodina party branch concluded contracts for the production and placement of advertisements worth more than 5 million rubles ($77,000). The investigation failed to prove the suspect's guilt.
In April 2017, Sevastyanov spent seven days in a special detention center for disobeying police during the dismantling of an illegal parking fence in the Kurchatov district.
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