Head of Stavropol Water Service Company with 17-million-ruble mansion to stand trial

Head of Stavropol Water Service Company with 17-million-ruble mansion to stand trial
Vladimir Vdovin

The officer is accused of negligence and embezzlement of funds.

The criminal case against the Head of the Water Service Company Stavropolkrayvodokanal (Stavropol Regional Water Service) Vladimir Vdovin will be heard by the court. The investigators have handed over all materials of the case to be approved by the prosecutor. The Investigative Committee of Russia said that in total the criminal proceedings against the official consist of 10 volumes. Vdovin is accused under part 1 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code (Neglect of Duty) and part 3 of Art. 160 of the Criminal Code (Misappropriation of money).

According to the investigation, the official signed a lease agreement worth 22 million rubles to rent intake structural objects Skachki, although there was no need of them whatsoever as the company had sufficient resources to provide water to the residents of Pyatigorsk. Besides, a part of the contract was paid after the objects were withdrawn from use. The official did not terminate the contract and the company lost 7 million rubles.

Besides, Vdovin and his family acquired a mansion for 17 million rubles of public money. When he was living there, he would receive housing compensation in the amount of 40 thousand rubles per month. Thus, the official embezzled about 270 thousand rubles. Later, the All-Russia People’s Front found out about the purchase of the expensive real estate, followed by the company’s cancellation of the contract of purchase on September, 29 2015. Despite this, the official’s family continued to live in the mansion until the regional journalists addressed the Russian president directly. Eventually, Vladimir Putin instructed the Russian Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika to take action on violations of the law, which resulted in initiating a large-scale audit of financial and economic activity of the enterprise.

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