Gorno-Altaisk mayor “was making life of businessmen a nightmare” during 4 years
The mayor laid local businessmen under tribute and "earned" 15 million rubles.
First details of mayor of Gorno-Altaisk Victor Oblogin’s case have appeared after a day of his arrest. According to Kommersant, the mayor is accused of a large-scale fraud with abuse of his official position (Part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code) and abuse of office (Part 2 of Art. 286 of the Criminal Code), as reported by the press-service of the Investigations Directorate of the Investigative Committee for the Altai Republic.
The criminal case against the major was opened in March 2016. The reason for its initiation became selling of a SUV, which was property of the municipal administration. According to investigators, the official assigned the Toyota Land Cruiser 120 worth 1.5 million rubles by falsifying documents.
The mayor claims that the municipal administration "sold" the car to the former driver. But the driver, facing high transport tax, decided to resell the car to Oblogin personally. According to him, he found out some parts and chassis in the car and set it "right." Now the car is seized from the official’s use.
In addition, the mayor for several years (from 2011 to 2014) has been receiving "kickbacks" from businessmen through the money allocated by the state on supporting small and medium business. Businessmen could get a subsidy from the federal and regional budgets only by promising to return at least 20% of the amount received to officials. According to the Investigative Committee, the mayor's office has received more than 92 million rubles within the framework of the republican program, which started in August 2010. Sum of one grant could not exceed 300 thousand rubles. Using such a scheme, Oblogin assigned more than 15 million rubles.
Currently, Oblogin is detained. the Investigations Directorate of the Investigative Committee to make a decision on pre-trial restrictions soon. Taking into account gravity offense and age of the mayor, he is likely to face a house arrest.
Victor Oblogin, a member of the Edinaya Rossiya political party, has been serving as a mayor for 24 years. Last time, he was re-elected in 2012 with 16% ahead of the leader of the Communists. During the primaries for the State Duma candidates elections, which took place in May of this year, the official took the fourth place. After the defeat, Oblogin claimed it was all about coercion of voters and bribery.