Investigation finds Roskomnadzor employee Ampelonsky not guilty of embezzlement
The criminal case against the spokesperson is terminated, he has the right to demand compensation.
Investigators acknowledged that the Roskomnadzor press secretary Vadim Ampelonsky was not involved in a particularly large embezzlement and terminated his criminal case. Earlier, Ampelonsky was under a written undertaking not to leave to an allegation of complicity in embezzlement of 20 million rubles ($ 300,000).
“The decision to dismiss the case was issued the other day. We managed to prove that Ampelonsky was not guilty of anything,” lawyer Sergey Sedakov told Interfax.
According to Sedakov, Ampelonsky has the right to rehabilitation, as well as to demand compensation for illegal criminal prosecution. So far, the press secretary of Roskomnadzor has not decided whether to file the relevant lawsuit.
The court palced Ampelonsky under house arrest in October 2017; in September 2018, the measure of restraint was changed to a written undertaking not to leave, and the press secretary returned to work.
The case of embezzlement was initiated in connection with the fictitious employment of people in the State Radio Frequency Center, controlled by Roskomnadzor. In total, 15 people were charged in the case, including the enterprise’s adviser to the CEO Alexander Veselchakov, its head Anastasia Zvyagintseva and the head of the Roskomnadzor’s legal department Boris Yedidin.
The Investigations Directorate in the Leningrad Region of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation (ICR) is going through turbulent times. After an unexpected replacement of the supreme command, the winds of change started blowing. Colonel of justice Pavel Vymenets, the new acting head of the agency, launched personnel reshuffles. According to sources, all means are used to purge the ranks from corrupt officers, including collection of compromising materials and denunciations.