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.
The ICR has reported on solving the murder of Ilya Pichko, who had been due to testify in the high-profile case of smuggling at the hearing on December 18. The search for the head of Yugo-Vostochnaya Torgovaya Kompaniya began after he failed to appear at the hearing scheduled for December 11.