Regional official Priymak and his gang to stand trial for land hustle
The former Head of the rural settlement in the Ramensky District will stand trial for creating a gang which dealt in scams with the land.
The head of the Konstantinovskoye rural settlement Vadim Priymak, who had a previous conviction for fraud, will once again stand trial for the crimes related to the illegal trafficking of forest land.
Vadim Priymak, head of the rural settlement Konstantinovskoye in the Ramensky District is charged for fraud with the land.
The investigation had already gathered a considerable evidence base, which allowed to transfer the case to the court for consideration on the merits. The main defendant in the case, Vadim Priymak, stands accused of Organizing a criminal group and participating in it (Part 2 and Part 3 of Art. 210 of the Russian Criminal Code), Swindling (Part 4 of Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code), and Legalization of money acquired through criminal activities (Part 3 of art. 174.1 of the Russian Criminal Code).
According to the investigators, in early 2012, Priymak created an organized crime group, which involved surveyors Mikhail Domnikov and Andrey Solenov, Head of the Ramenskoye department of the Federal Cadastral Chamber of the Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography in the Moscow Region Anna Khaibullina, and a businessman Mikhail Rzhevsky. During the existence of the gang (from 2012 to 2013), its members have committed at least four offenses. All of them were related to the illegal trafficking of forest land in the Ramensky District, no less than 34 hectares in area, with a total value of more than 300 million rubles, the press service of the Main Investigation Department of the Russian Investigative Committee in the Moscow Region reported.
The investigation managed to uncover these crimes due to the materials of the case for which Priymak had already been imprisoned for 3.5 years for Swindling with the land worth about 60 million rubles (Part 4 of Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code).
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).