Kemerovo Emergencies Ministry official charged with fraud
Grigory Terentyev had earlier been targeted in the investigation of a fire case in Zimnyaya Vishnya shopping center.
The former Head of the supervisory activities and preventive work department of the Kuzbass Emergency Situations Ministry Grigory Terentyev was charged with Swindling in receiving monetary compensation (part 3 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code), TASS pens with reference to a representative of the investigation.
The agency notes that the official was also named in the case on fire in Zimnyaya Vishnya mall.
“Terentyev is accused, including <...> of embezzling funds from the central office [of the Emergencies Ministry] between 2017 and 2018,” said the investigator.
According to the investigation, in the period from 2017 to 2018, Terentyev appropriated the monetary compensation paid by the employer, which he was not entitled to.
Terentyev’s lawyer noted that her client does not admit his guilt. According to him, the inference of the investigation is not confirmed by anything, and the case lacks evidence of his involvement in the crime.
To recap, Terentyev was detained along with the former Chief of the Ministry of Emergency Situations for the region, Alexander Mamontov, on May 25. Both were charged under part 2 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code (Neglect of Duty), the court chose for them a preventive measure in the form of arrest.
According to the investigators, they did not plan and did not conduct an audit of compliance with fire safety requirements in the period from 2017 to 2018 when the building of the shopping center was used by Kemerovo Confectionery Plant (the main owner of Zimnyaya Vishnya).
The fire in Zimnyaya Vishnya shopping center in Kemerovo took place on March 25. It claimed the lives of 60 people, including 41 children. The incident was followed by the resignation of the Kemerovo region Governor, Aman Tuleyev.
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