Official from team of Sverdlovsk ex-Governor to face inspection for embezzlement of property in Moscow
The inspection was launched upon the application of a defendant in Titov list, a former member of Sverdlovsk region legislature Sergey Kapchuk who recently returned to Russia.
The Prosecution Service in Sverdlovsk region has delegated the investigative bodies to carry out an inspection in the administration of the region “suggesting possible offenses against unidentified persons who held office in the region’s government from 1996 to 2011,” reports RBC. The inspection is being carried out by an investigator of the Main Investigations Directorate of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of the Interior in Sverdlovsk region, RBC source notes.
It is noted that the inspection was launched upon the application of a defendant in Titov list, a former member of Sverdlovsk region legislature Sergey Kapchuk who recently returned to Russia. Criminal case against Kapchuk related to swindling (item 3 of article 159 of Russia’s Criminal Code) had earlier been investigated. It was about embezzlement of 2 billion pre-revaluation rubles (2 million rubles after the 1998 revaluation) belonged to a state unitary enterprise Sverdlovsk Railway. The investigation theory was that brothers Konstantin and Sergey Kapchuk were involved in the crime. Konstantin Kapchuk was convicted, and his brother left the country.
Upon his return to Russia, Sergey Kapchuk addressed an application to a prosecutor of Sverdlovsk region, requesting to investigate his case once again, stating that “it had been faked in 2001 by an unknown person.” He also reported about other properties that had been purchased with resources belonged to the region’s budget. Kapchuk said that the administration office of Sverdlovsk region Governor Eduard Rossel had been transferring the ownership rights of state-owned apartments to officials with payment of 30% of their balance cost since 1996.
In particular, Kapchuk told in his statement that in February, 1996, Governor’s executive secretary Sergey Turunovsky bought from Guta Finance ZAO a mansion on Moscow’s Nezhinskaya street for 110 thousand rubles (110 million pre-revaluation rubles). This amount was indicated in the agreement of sale and purchase which RBC holds. Guta Finance ZAO was a part of Guta Group headed by Yury Petrov, a former first secretary of Sverdlovsk regional committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and a friend of Eduard Rossel.
Kapchuk says there were 2 apartments with an area of more than 300 square meters, offices, and an apartment where Rossel had put up at, as well as a sauna, billiards, and guest rooms in the house №14/5 on Nezhinskaya street. There was an apartment with an area of 84.8 square meters in a house nearby; the administration representatives lived there.
According to the contents of the prosecution inspection, in November, 2009, the apartment on Nezhinskaya street was granted to a state unitary enterprise Monetny shchebenochny zavod of the government of Sverdlovsk region. In May, 2012, one of the apartments was sold to a native of Tula region, and then resold to a citizen of Moscow. The rest of the Nezhinskaya’s mansion found itself in pledge of Joint-stock commercial bank of commerce and business OAO; then, it was transferred to the state unitary enterprise Monetny shchebenochny zavod and sold to Telmi OOO owned by a Cyprus-based offshore company Hargew Holding Ltd.
The investigation is checking the purchase and sale transactions related to the mansion to determine whether the former representatives of Sverdolvsk region authorities are involved in the case. According to the case file, the documents related to the transactions were signed by the former Governor’s executive secretary Sergey Turunovsky who moved to Croatia in July, this years, and did not return. He is a witness in the case. His whereabouts are being checked by Interpol.
Every big Russian city has ‘untouchable' people who are beyond the reach of the law enforcement authorities – generals, judges, mayors, etc. Despite overwhelming evidence sufficient to prosecute them, such persons cannot be busted without authorization from the federal center. There is also another type of corrupt officials: their deeds are well-known – but these people are so generous, hospitable, and understanding that no one is willing to arrest them.