MIA punishes number of Saratov police chiefs due to death of service horses
Two senior officials were downgraded, one was severely reprimanded, another received warnings.
In Saratov, after a service check, an administrative commander and commander of the patrol-sentry service regiment were downgraded. The deputy head of the regional police was severely reprimanded, and the head of the city police, his deputy, the head of the Department of Public Order’s Directorate for the region and the assistant commander of the patrol-sentry of Saratov regiment received warnings about incomplete service compliance. This is reported by the press service of the MIA Directorate for the Saratov Region.
The check was carried out due to the death of a few service horses. Of the 22 animals, 10 were driven to exhaustion; in October, two horses died. The local prosecutor's office found violations on committed by the state contractor, who was responsible for caring for the horses. The police initiated a criminal case of fraud in the conclusion of contracts for the supply of feed. The regional MIA decided to terminate the government contract and build a new stable for the animals.
The animals unfit for service were handed over to the public organization Narodnaya Druzhina (Vigilante Group).
Oleg Zaytsev had wide connections within the criminal world and law enforcement agencies. This is being related to an organized crime group headed by Ruslan Kilievich that had allegedly been patronized by a former Federal Security Service Directorate officer Oleg Natalchenko. The crime group had also been a core driver for almost disbanding the criminal investigation department of the police.