ICR: Moscovites overpaid for utility services to 130 million rubles because of Regional Energy Commission's fault

ICR: Moscovites overpaid for utility services to 130 million rubles because of Regional Energy Commission's fault

Investigators interested in unreasonably high prices for housing and communal services in Moscow. All residents of the capital could be victims of the case.⁠

Former executives of the Regional Energy Commission (the REC) in Moscow are suspected of unreasonably high prices for housing and communal services. The main accused became the former Head of the REC Pavel Grebtsov and his deputies, Sergey Sasim and Mikhail Yakovlev. The Court imprisoned them. Initially, the case was opened under the article Swindling on an especially large scale (part 4, Art. 159), but later Grebtsov and Sasim were charged with Abuse of Official Powers with serious consequences (part 3 of Art. 285 of the Criminal Code). Yakovlev's case was separeted.

According to investigators, the REC unreasonably satisfied Moscow United Power Grid Company submitted applications, including the costs of the electricity certification. The ICR believed that the officials were obliged to. In this case, Muscovites would be paid less for utility services.

The damage to consumers is estimated at 130 million rubles.

At the same time, according to Sergey Sasim’s lawyer Vladimir Gorelik, in the period 2012-2014, the REC could not eliminate this graph on Moscow United Power Grid Company electricity certification, because there were appropriate regulations. His client was guided by these regulations, told the lawyer to Kommersant.

Yakovlev is also accused of the work on the calculation of tariffs, which carried out with the consent of third parties, including those, who were affiliated with it. At the same time, prices for their services were allegedly inflated.

The Regional Energy Commission of Moscow was founded in 2000 and belonged to the complex economic policy and property and land relations of the Mayor’s Office. The Commission has set tariffs for electricity, water supply, heating, gas, public transport and rail transport as well as the establishment of prices for connection to utility networks. In the spring of 2016 the REC was abolished, and its powers passed into the Department of economic policy and development of the city.

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