Police officer that investigated theft in Saratov enterprise turned out to be brother of one shareholder

Police officer that investigated theft in Saratov enterprise turned out to be brother of one shareholder
Photo: Ivan Kalming / Kommersant

A man accused of theft complained to the Main Directorate of Internal Security of the Interior Ministry about the “pre-planned illegal actions” of the participants in the investigation.

Oleg Sertakov, former Executive Director of the oldest enterprise in Saratov, Neftemash-Sapkon JSC, accused of attempting to steal company shares (Art. 30, Art. 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), appealed to the Main Directorate of Internal Security (GUSB) of the Interior Ministry with a complaint about the participation of the brother of one of the enterprise's shareholders in the investigation against him, reports Kommersant.

Neftemash-Sapkon JSC makes technological equipment under contracts with such companies as Gazprom, Rosneft, Transneft and LUKOIL. According to investigators, Sertakov allegedly tried to steal 16% of the shares from one of the company's co-owners, Maria Shimchuk, by entering into an agreement for their sale and purchase unprofitable for her. The businessman found out that in January 2018, shortly before the criminal case was opened against him, Shimchuk transferred her stock of shares to Vyacheslav Surikov, brother of security officer Igor Surikov, who later took part in investigative measures in a case in which Shimchuk was declared a victim, in trust management.

Sertakov addressed Nikolay Trifonov, Chief of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Saratov region, complaining about the “pre-planned illegal actions” of the investigation participants. The Saratov police, however, did not see a conflict of interest in the criminal case. “According to the results of the service audit, no violations of the current legislation of the Russian Federation by the staff of the Department of Economic Security and Anti-Corruption of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs were revealed,” the response signed by Trifonov reads.

Following the refusal of the Saratov police to consider his statement, Sertakov turned to the MIA's GUSB. There his complaint was accepted. Sertakov is currently a witness in the Neftemash-Sapkon case, although initially investigative actions were carried out against him.

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