General Kapustin declined St. Petersburg road police head post due to foreign property  

General Kapustin declined St. Petersburg road police head post due to foreign property
Alexander Kapustin waiting for transfer to St. Petersburg for a year and a half already

Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Kolokoltsev withdrew the nomination of Kapustin twice because of an apartment in Bulgaria not specified in the income declaration.⁠

Head of the State Traffic Safety Inspectorate(STSI) of the Krasnodar Krai Alexander Kapustin does not get the similar post in St. Petersburg because of the foreign property found, Novaya Gazeta reported. Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev has already nominated him for consideration in the Office of the President on public service and personnel twice, and he himself withdrew him twice. The official reason for the last withdrawal is a scrutiny initiated against the Major General. However, according to some information, the scrutiny is only an excuse to refuse the high-ranking policeman in the transfer to the northern capital.

April 5, 2016 found that Kapustin repeatedly ‘forgot’ to indicate in the income declaration an apartment in Bulgaria, owned by his wife Svetlana Ostanina, who holds the post of the Head of the administrative and operational management of the Mariinsky Theater. In accordance with the published documents, in 2008 Ostanina purchased the apartment with an area of 71.91 square meters in Bulgaria in Magic Dreams apartments complex in Sveti Vlas. The purchase cost her 30 thousand euros. In addition, until September 2015 Ostanina was the founder of LLC RostTransKom (VATIN 6165182064). This company was engaged in the transport sector of the Krasnodar Krai, for which by virtue of the post Kapustin was responsible. This information has never been indicated in any declaration of the senior police officer. Furthermore, the internal audit revealed another drawback: the Head of the regional STSI did not specify the income from the sale of his wife's car in the amount of 1.5 million rubles ($26 thousand).

It should be noted that the post of the Head of the St. Petersburg STSI, the main candidate for which was Kapustin, has been vacant for almost a year and a half. However, at the time when his transfer was almost ready, a major corruption scandal spiked in the Krasnodar Krai. In March 2016 in Sochi, businessman Alexander Danilyuk was detained, accused of mediation in the transfer of a half-a-million bribe. As the investigation found out, Danilyuk coordinated the activities of a number of commercial structures, whose evacuators and parking lots were directly used by the traffic police officers evading the official procedure – through a unified control center. In the case materials there appeared information about Danilyuk paying for the holiday and residence in hotels of "unidentified persons from among the heads of the STSI of the Krasnodar Krai", one of which was Kapustin. Presumably, it was this corruption scandal that served as the root cause for refusing to transfer the general to St. Petersburg.

Meanwhile, the investigation of the Sochi tow trucks activities continues. It became known that for two years in the Unified Duty and Dispatch Service of the city of Sochi has not received any application from the Road Patrol Service staff for tow trucks. At the same time, there were discrepancies in the data of the regional STSI on the number of evacuated transport: 44 thousand cars according to official statistics against 11 thousand cars according to the calculations of commercial structures. According to some information, one fine parking lot paid 250 thousand rubles ($4 thousand) to the traffic police management for the right to receive evacuated transport.

In January 2017, the person involved in this case, the regiment Commander of the Traffic Police Department of Sochi, Andrey Gerashchenko was fired from the bodies. It remains unknown if General Kapustin expects the same fate.

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