“There are no untouchable.” Matviyenko considers Abyzov’s case prove of real fight against corruption
Chairwoman of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko has commented upon detention of former minister who supervised issues of Open government - Mikhail Abyzov. The senator believes this high-profile case perfectly proves that there’s a real fight against corruption going on in the country.
“Abyzov is accused under very serious article which means there’s a real fight against corruption going on in Russia. There are no untouchable - no matter what positions they hold,” RIA Novosti quotes Matviyenko as saying.
She added that if the fact that Abyzov had offshores is proved during the investigation, this will increase his amenability.
The CrimeRussia reported the ex-minister was detained in Moscow on March 26. He is being accused under items 2 and 3 of article 210 and item 4 of article 159 of Russia’s Criminal Code (Creation of an organized crime community).
The media reported that the Federal Security Service had drawn out the former official to Russia for a birthday party of Arkady Dvorkovich. However, Abyzov’s lawyer stated the ex-minister had been detained in his summer house in Moscow region and noone had drawn him to the country.
According to the investigation, Abyzov and his 5 accomplices stole and took abroad about 4 billion rubles (($61 million) that belonged to fuel companies of Novosibirsk region.