Krasnoyarsk governor's advisor detained on suspicion of swindling
The FSB raided the LDPR office and detained the regional department’s accountant.
After searches in the Krasnoyarsk office of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, advisor to the regional governor, Anton Natarov, and the accountant of the party’s regional branch, Denis Bundyuk, were detained on suspicion of swindling and embezzlement, RIA Novosti and REN-TV report citing their own sources. The first to write about this were the Telegram channels Krasnoyarsk No. 1 and Krasnoyarskgate.
“Searches took place, I can confirm this. Everything else, i.e. involvement, is not yet clear. Today, he (Anton Natarov) was not even allowed to see a lawyer. This is not related to the Universiade,” the news agency quoted the detainee’s father, State Duma deputy from the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, Sergey Natarov.
Local entrepreneur Vladimir Vladimirov also confirmed information about searches in the LDPR office.
“There is reason to believe that the Natarovs’ followers have withdrawn money from state-owned enterprises through companies under their control, including the news agencies NewsLab and Dela. According to the investigation, we are talking about several tens of millions per year. The total damage to the budget is about 100 million,” Krasnoyarskgate reports.
According to the author of the channel Krasnoyarsk No. 1, NewsLab and Dela have also been raided. The regional publication Prospect Mira writes, citing its own source, that editorial searches were conducted at the end of 2018.
Anton Natarov became advisor to the governor on October 24, 2017. Prior to that, from 2015 to 2016, he was the deputy minister of economic development of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, a year earlier – the interim head of the governor’s external relations department.
The Prosecutor General's Office had earlier accused the Moscow region’s ex-official of exceeding official authority, taking a bribe on an especially large scale, and forgery, and demanded to seize assets worth of 9 billion rubles ($135 million) from him.