FSB ransacks Miass Mayor’s office once again
Operational activity may be related to the recent resignation of Mayor Gennady Vaskov.
Today, about 11 o'clock local time, FSB officers came with searches to the Miass Mayor’s office, u74.ru reported. According to media reports, operatives work in several offices. The FSB checks and withdraws the documentation.
The grounds for searches are not disclosed at the moment, but it is possible that it is connected with the resignation of Head of the city administration. The press service of the Federal Security Service of Russia for the Chelyabinsk region states that it will comment on the event later.
Former Mayor Gennady Vaskov left his post just a couple of days ago. The application for resignation was signed on May 11. According to one of the versions, this was since the deputies of the city assembly did not approve his annual report.
Recall that in 2017 security officers have already searched the administration several times. In addition to the FSB, the Mayor's office was also searched by officers of the Department for Economic Security and Anti-Corruption of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The grounds were the allocation of land plots in the Miass City District, the scandal with asphalt and local kindergarten, and also the possible ties of the Mayor's staff with the Turbazovskie gang. In the spring of 2017, during the operational activities, the siloviki detained an unofficial adviser to the city head, entrepreneur Vladimir Murashkin, known for his close ties with Turbazovskie, and gang leader Sergey Chashchin, convicted of contract killings.
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