Perm Region Minister of Communications is to remain in custody for another three months

Perm Region Minister of Communications is to remain in custody for another three months
Yevgeny Baluev

The court granted the petition of the investigation and left the Minister of Informational Development, who is accused of swindling, in custody for an additional period.⁠

Minister of Information Development of the Perm Region Yevgeny Baluev, who is suspected of swindling, will remain in custody until November 1, in Perm prison №1. The court granted the request of an inspector from the Federal Security Service (the FSB) Directorate in the Perm Region and extended the period of detention. The court found that the investigator’s claim that Baluev might abscond or put pressure on witnesses, is justified.

Yevgeny Baluev was arrested on June 4, when he was on vacation. The minister has become the fourth defendant in the FSB’s criminal case of swindling in the construction and maintenance of the multifunctional centers (MFC) network in the Perm Region, Kommersant reported. Previously, security agents detained the Head of the regional MFC Dmitry Dymbrylov, his Deputy Natalya Gladkova, and a businessman Ivan Ovchinnikov.

Investigators believe the scammers stole 31 million rubles allocated from the federal budget for the development of the MFC network, forging completion protocols. In 2014-2015, Dymbrylov and Gladkova, together with unidentified persons, had prepared and agreed the fake documents, which were then used to overstate the cost of repair work in the six branches of the MFC. Ovchinnikov received a design and estimate documentation with the invalid data from contractors and handed it to the MFC management.

Baluev was implicated by the testimony of other defendants in the case. None of the accused pleaded guilty.

In addition, during the search in the official’s apartment, the investigators found ammunition. The police then launched an investigation, and soon another criminal case was opened against Baluev. It is worth noting that in Russia a person can face up to 3 years of imprisonment for the illegal possession of weapons.

Two years in a row, the Perm MFC was awarded the title of the best multifunctional center in Russia. It is the basis for more than 400 municipal services that can be rendered in a single institution

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