Perm Governor says regional Administration resigns amid confrontation with FSB
The FSB have questioned the Governor's closest ally, Deputy Prime Minister Oleg Demchenko.
At a closed session of the Government, the Governor of the Perm region Viktor Basargin said that he planned to disband the regional Administration and abolish the post of its Prime Minister. It also became known that Viktor Basargin is going to personally lead the Government, Kommersant reported.
These innovations in the executive branch come on the eve of the election of the Governor of the Perm region, which will be held in September 2017. Basargin said that he intended to participate in the election should he receive the President’s approval.
The announcements were amid the attack of the security forces. One of Basargin’s main supporters, Deputy Prime Minister Oleg Demchenko, is pursued by the FSB. A few hours before a private meeting, he was sent for questioning as a witness in a criminal case on abuse of power against Minister of Transport Almaz Zakiev. Demchenko failed to attend the meeting because he was held in the interrogation room until late at night.
Almaz Zakiev is suspected of lobbying the interests of traders at the auction for the construction of a road. As previously reported by the CrimeRussia, certain data implies that Zakiev had been a close friend of the governor’s ally Oleg Demchenko.
Citing a source in the Administration of the Perm region, Kommersant wrote that according to one of the theories, the actions of the FSB like that demonstrative interrogation of Oleg Demchenko, can be explained by the opposition between Viktor Basargin and the newly appointed Head of the regional FSB Department Viktor Zadvornov.
Political analysts say that the campaign launched by the FSB is unlikely to seriously affect the position of Viktor Basargin, who is currently extremely unpopular as it is.
Perm region leads in the number of arrests of officials in 2016. In addition, all four of those arrested were the ministers of the regional Government — Transport Minister Almaz Zakiev, Minister of Physical Education and Sports Pavel Lyakh, Ministry of Communications Yevgeny Baluev, and Minister of Construction and Housing Viktor Fedorov.
The story with the arrest of Igor Vainshtok, creator of famous bifidok, in absentia and his escape is pretty confusing. The company founded by him still remains the largest probiotics producer in Russia and generates multimillion profits – however, somehow it was declared bankrupt. An international warrant has been issued against Vainshtok for non-payment of salaries – while the businessman calls his prosecution an element of the raiding takeover of his company that was already recognized a raidership victim in the past. Concurrently, employees of Partner Joint Stock Company created by Vainshtok claim that he has stolen not only millions of rubles from the base bank of Roscosmos – but, more importantly, the bifidok inventorship. So, whom has Vainshtok fled from?