Transparency International found undeclared mansion of ex-head of Federal Customs Service
Russian office of international organization Transparency International found undeclared mansion of the former Head of the Federal Customs Service.
Andrey Belyaninov’s mansion was not declared in his tax declaration of 2015, though in the declaration of 2014 was a house in area of 1,5 thousands square meters. Transcript from the cadaster register confirmed that Belyaninov still owns the mansion.
According to the Transparency International’s report, in accordance with legislative of the Russian Federation, Belyaninov should have been fired for not declaring the mansion. The organization raised doubts about competence of state employees, responsible for the declaration’s inspection.
Earlier, workplace and place of residence of the official were searched under a case of elite alcohol smuggling. Several businessmen have already been detained under this case, in particular one of the most influential businessmen of the St. Petersburg, the Head of Forum Holding Dmitry Mikhalchenko.
Several new criminal cases against corrupt officials have been instituted in Dagestan. The high-ranked suspects include Abdulmedzhid Suleimanov, ex-Mayor of Izberbash; Amir Magomedov, ex-Head of the Izberbash Administration; Magomed Dzhelilov, Head of the Derbent District; and El’dar Karagishiev, Head of the Babayurt District. In the past, all of them were suspected of similar crimes – but somehow managed to get off the hook. The new arrests occur amid the anti-corruption campaign in the republican law enforcement structures. What are the true reasons behind the new wave of the personnel purge? Can the anti-corruption slogans conceal a fierce battle waged by local clans for redistribution of assets with the purpose to create a new ‘untouchable’ elite in Dagestan?