Shot bear point blank. Irkutsk Governor caught of trips to Austria, France and Cuba at expense of city funds
The regional Account Chamber has asked investigators to check Sergey Levchenko’s trips.
Irkutsk region Governor has been caught of wasteful spendings on his own trips. The regional Account Chamber has asked investigators to check Sergey Levchenko’s trips to Europe and the Caribbean, reports REN TV.
In January, 2019, Levchenko went to Vienna as an individual while on vacation. There, he allegedly delivered his speech in front of potential investors. With that, according to the TV-channel, when asked why he went 6 thousand km just for a presentment, he said that “one should treat a long distance philosophically and calmly.”
In 2018, the Governor also went to Austria accompanied by Irkutsk Governor orchestra. According to REN TV, the ticket sales amounted to 27 thousand 700 euros (more than 2 million rubles). Only 138 thousand rubles (18 thousand euros). The auditor handed over this data to the investigators for a possible opening of a criminal investigation.
The TV-channel found a tender on the web site of government procurement worth of 2 million 72 thousand rubles referred to as Sales exhibition services carried out by the Ministry for adjustment of contract system in Irkutsk region. The tender’s winner was The Center of international relations LLC registered in the city of Tyumen with a 10 thousand rubles (133 euros) authorised share capital.
According to the company’s CEO Vladimir Ilyushchenko, the company organized 9 business meetings and a presentation in Vienna.
Earlier, Levchenko went to France where, according to minister economic advancement in Irkutsk region Evgeny Orachevsky, the region’s authorities agreed upon “a commence of manufacturing of medical items for intimate hygiene.”
In autumn, 2018, Levchenko, visited the 36th international exhibition FIHAV in Cuba. The Governor’s media office stated that the region’s authorities became interested in MC-21 aircrafts that are manufactured in Irkutsk aircraft factory and were allegedly ready to purchase them.
The All-Russia People’s Front called the Governor’s trips inappropriate due to the fact that these countries are not Russia’s direct economic partners. “It makes sense to use the funds to solve social issues,” the company’s expert Sergey Apanovich said.
Sergey Levchenko had earlier found himself in the center of a scandal due to a publication of a video showing him shooting a sleeping bear in its lair. With that, he teaches his grandsons how to properly shoot animals. Criminal case into illegal hunting was initiated.