Popular Telegram blogger and political scientist Ustinov detained in Yekaterinburg
The young political consultant is suspected of extortion and dissemination of false information.
The former owner of the anti-corruption website Ustav (Charter), author of the popular Telegram channel Ustinov Trollit and the less well-known DIP dubernatora, Alexander Ustinov, was detained at the Hyatt Hotel in Yekaterinburg while receiving 10 million rubles ($ 150,000) for not publishing compromising materials, Znak.com and Ura.ru reported, citing sources in the law enforcement agencies.
Ustinov was allegedly suspected of extortion (Article 163 CCRF), but there is no official confirmation of this. The Ural media write that Ustinov’s acquaintances were also detained: Ivan Bessenny, programmer Anton Stark, owner of the website kompromatural.ru Alexey Bocharov and Ukrainian Alexander Kozlov, who were called a “Russian-Ukrainian group abusing compromising material.” In particular, they are allegedly accused of slandering the heads of VTB and Rosneft, Andrey Kostin and Igor Sechin, as well as distributing compromising materials regarding other businessmen and high-ranking officials through Telegram and the websites rupolit.net, ustav.net, kompromatural.ru, compromat. ws, glavk.info, chel.pro, kommentator.ru, 59minut.info, cont.ws and compromat.group.
On November 28, the online publication Project, which was created by Rain’s former editor Roman Badanin after studying in the US, said that Rosneft and the Kovalchuks are actively using Durov’s messenger to post information beneficial to them on a paid basis. In addition, according to the Project, high-ranking officials have introduced stop lists in some Telegram channels. Among the corrupt administrators, the publication calls the authors of such popular channels as Nezygar, Karaulny and Kremlevsky Mamkoved.
Redistribution on Ai-Petri plateau: demolition of facilities worth 1 billion, no compensation, and arm of Sberbank
One and a half years after the demolition of Tatar cafes on the Ai-Petri plateau, their owners are trying to sue the promised compensation from the Crimean government, but to no avail: the courts make decisions not in favor of them. They did not get the promised new land for business either. And all because in May 2017 a banal replotting and destruction of a cluster of small and medium-sized businesses was carried out on Ai-Petri. But cafes and retail outlets still function there: also with a national flavor, but different already. The CrimeRussia tried to figure out who and why demolished some joints for the sake of building by others, and how in the near future they plan to use the mountain pearl.
Earlier, it was reported that the head of the Shali district of Chechnya, Turpal-Ali Ibragimov, Ramzan Kadyrov’s cousin, was responsible for the accident with two dead. Now the republican MIA officially declares that Ibragimov’s second cousin was driving.