Rosselkhoznadzor Head not going to Belarus any time soon
Sergey Dankvert said that the Belarusian prosecutors had sent him their regards through Russian Prosecutor General’s Office.
Sergey Dankvert, the Head of Russia's veterinary and phytosanitary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor, is going to refrain from trips to Belarus for now, unless he goes with a TV crew.
The Rosselkhoznadzor Head said on Rossiya 1 TV channel’s Vestiv v Subbotu (‘Saturday News’) that his department staff is also going to stop visits to the neighboring country.
To remind: Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko had instructed the country’s Ministry of Internal Affairs to look into the actions of Rosselkhoznadzor officials before the investigation. Belarus maintains that their actions violated Art. 249 of the Criminal Code (Discrediting Business Reputation of Competitors).
The Belarus Interior Ministry believes that the Rosselkhoznadzor officials hampered the sale of Belarusian products in Russia "in non-professional interests" and in violation of the international law. On top of that, Russian officials are said to have been "spreading false information, discrediting Belarusian manufacturers." The estimated damage caused by said actions has been around $2.63 million.
Dankvert emphasized that it was only after Lukashenko’s demand to initiate a criminal case against him in February 2017 that he saw why his subordinates had been complaining about the climate in Belarus. The Rosselkhoznadzor Head still has hopes that Russia and Belarus will find some common ground after all.
Corruption is overwhelming in the Republic of Bashkortostan. It infiltrates all branches of power. The recent arrests in the Bashkir Prosecutor’s Office clearly show that justice can be bought and sold there, while the verdict of Themis depends only on the purse size. All powerful officials and businessmen in the republic know how much it costs to institute or dismiss a case. After the replacement of the regional head, the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation has found out that not only the supreme authorities of the Republican Prosecutor’s Office are involved in the corruption scheme – but judges and high-ranked police commanders as well. What officials have sullied their reputation with bribe-taking and are going to fall victims to yet another sweeping purge? What are millions of rubles paid for? What is the true scale of corruption in the region – champion among national republics by that parameter?