Investigation against Omsk former Minister Merenkov was reinstated
In 2014 the official absconded and was put on the international wanted list.
The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation resumed investigation of criminal case over abuse of official powers against the former Minister of property relations in the Omsk Region Vadim Merenkov suspected of abuse of office, reports media service of the ICR. Basis for the resumption of the investigation was a personal appeal of the suspected to the investigating authorities.
According to investigators, in the period from 2008 to 2012 the Director of Department of property relations of Omsk’s Administration Yury Hamburg and his Deputy Vadim Merenkov sold to their associates 24 land plots with a total area of 5.5 hectares and a plot of 21 hectares of company LLC Krona at a reduced cost. Soon illegally sold territories were sold under construction of private cottages. The total damage to the regional budget amounted to 200 million rubles.
In addition, one more episode featured in the official’s case, where Merenkov, holding the post of the Acting Director of the Department of property relations of the City Administration, acted at the same criminal scheme and transferred two land parcels to ownership of affiliates, having caused a loss in 10 million rubles.
In March, 2014 the government employee managed to disappear from justice, escaping from the Moscow clinic. After that Merenkov was put on the international wanted list.
Corruption is overwhelming in the Republic of Bashkortostan. It infiltrates all branches of power. The recent arrests in the Bashkir Prosecutor’s Office clearly show that justice can be bought and sold there, while the verdict of Themis depends only on the purse size. All powerful officials and businessmen in the republic know how much it costs to institute or dismiss a case. After the replacement of the regional head, the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation has found out that not only the supreme authorities of the Republican Prosecutor’s Office are involved in the corruption scheme – but judges and high-ranked police commanders as well. What officials have sullied their reputation with bribe-taking and are going to fall victims to yet another sweeping purge? What are millions of rubles paid for? What is the true scale of corruption in the region – champion among national republics by that parameter?