3 cases initiated after Putin said chutzpah at Nizhny Tagil plant must end
Employees of the enterprise complained to the Russian President saying they had not been getting their wages for months, but the investigators found more reasons for prosecution.
The Investigative Committee of Russia has instituted three criminal cases against the director of Nizhny Tagil Plant producing thermal insulation materials.
The plant's management got scrutinized after the workers complained to Russian President Vladimir Putin about non-payment of wages. According to them, the management would not pay the salaries “until the head of state asks for it”. President Putin discussed the issue with Sverdlovsk acting Governor Evgeny Kuyvashev.
"What I want to understand is that if this is really so, then where does this chutzpah and boldness come from? Look into this yourself, though I think this may not be enough, so I'll ask Prosecutor General's Office, and not the local department, to figure it out," Putin said.
According to the ICR, 195 employees of the Nizhny Tagil plant were not paid their salaries between April 2016 and January 2017, and the accumulated debt exceeded 13 million rubles ($215.600). A criminal case was instituted under part 1 of Art. 145.1 of the Criminal Code. By the way, Evgeny Kuyvashev noted that the management never appealed to the authorities for help or stated any problems.
The workers told Komsomolskaya Pravda that the situation at the plant would reach the point of absurdity, when even a small salary of 16-18 thousand rubles ($300) was cut to 2 thousands ($33). The lack of payments led to the families getting bogged down in loans that they cannot repay.
"They would pay 2.000 rubles at one point. We were told: "You are paid 2.000 rubles, what, are you not satisfied now?" said Elena, the wife of Dmitry Tananykin, the former porter at the plant. “People have accumulated electricity and utility debts. We did not even get the severance pay."
In addition, the investigators found two more counts in the activities of the Nizhny Tagil plant: the management is suspected of Tax Evasion (Art. 199.2 of the Criminal Code) and theft of funds amounting to about 4 million rubles ($66.300) (Art. 159 of the Criminal Code).
"All three of the criminal cases have been joined into one proceeding; the investigation is conducted by a group from the local Investigative Committee. The Investigation Department seized the company’s property as part of the enforcement proceedings," the report said.
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