Former Tula mayor detained in Cyprus upon Russia’s request
Former official is accused of attempted swindling.
On the premises of the Russian consulate in Cyprus, when trying to change a passport, the former mayor of Tula and the founder of the REMS management company Alisa Tolkacheva was detained. In Russia, the ex-official was put on the international wanted list on charges of attempted swindling (part 3 of Article 30, part 4 of Article 159 CCRF), Interfax reports.
A Tula court arrested Tolkacheva in absentia in October 2017. According to the investigation, from July 2015 to July 2016, the REMS management, including Tolkacheva, did not transfer 23.7 million rubles ($ 362,000) to a resource-supplying company for supplied electricity. In addition, REMS owed Tulateploset JSC 77 million rubles ($ 1,17 million), TNS Energo Tula JSC – more than 9 million rubles ($ 137,000), and Tulagorgaz JSC – more than 1.6 million rubles ($ 25,000), Tulsky 1 TV channel reports.
The investigators initiated six criminal cases against Tolkacheva. The damage to the victims was estimated at more than 110 million rubles ($ 1,68 million). The court seized the company’s 35 real estate items worth more than 107 million rubles ($ 1,63 million).
Tolkacheva is suspected of forging the minutes of general meetings of apartment buildings tenants, in order to bill higher service charges.
According to Tulskiye Novosti, the Greek court refused to extradite Tolkacheva to Russia, considering the crimes imputed to her as a commercial dispute.
Tolkacheva was the mayor of Tula from March 31, 2010 to March 2, 2011. Before the dismissal, she was expelled from United Russia. The party explained this by the mayor’s failure to comply with the faction’s decisions and evading of working out issues of local significance, RIA Novosti says.