Animal abuser governor Levchenko to be dismissed and criminally prosecuted

Animal abuser governor Levchenko to be dismissed and criminally prosecuted
Head of Irkutsk region Sergey Levchenko

The case into illegal hunting arranged by the official has been sent to the Prosecutor-General's Office.

Head of Irkutsk region Sergey Levchenko is likely to be deprived of his governor title following a high-profile case into illegal hunting that had not been touched for a long time. Now, Prosecutor General of Russia Yury Chaika became interested in the case, reports PASMI, noting that Dmitry Berdnikov - who is a candidate for Levchenko’s position - had become an instigator of resuming the investigation.

The CrimeRussia reported that the video showing the governor shooting a bear point blank had emerged on the web in September, 2018, - a few days before the Irkutsk region’s legislature elections. Criminal case against unidentified parties under item 2 of article 258 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Illegal hunting) was initiated following the inspection.

Now, Levhcneko is likely to become the first and the only defendant in the case, reports PASMI. According to a source, it cannot be ruled out that Berdnikov used a safe administrative resource - his mother Albina Kovaleva - in order to reach his goal. With that, the relative of the mayor and Yury Chaika had mutual work in the region during the Soviet times. Besides that, according to Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, Albina Kovaleva protected business of Yury Chaika’s son - Artem.

With that, another source told that replacement of governor of Irkutsk region has been discussed in the administration of the President for a long time now. Candidatures have been considered, as well. The major of Irkutsk was among those who were invited to Kremlin last week - for interrogation regarding the issue.

His competitors are likely to be a chairman of Irkutsk region’s legislature Sergey Sokol, a head of a directorate of Russia’s Federal Tax Service in Irkutsk region Konstantin Zaytsev, and a deputy Minister of Health Oleg Sagalay.

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