Dvorkovich denies having invited Abyzov for his birthday party
The former minister is suspected of embezzling 4 billion rubles ($62.1 million) from Sibirskaya Energeticheskaya Kompaniya and Regionalnye Elektricheskie Seti.
Arkady Dvorkovich, chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation, commented on rumors that former Minister Mikhail Abyzov had come from Italy to Russia, where he was arrested because of an invitation to celebrate the latter’s birthday. Dvorkovich told Interfax journalists that he celebrated his birthday not in Moscow and in a family circle. According to him, a few weeks before his arrest, Dvorkovich did not communicate with the disgraced ex-minister.
To recall, March 27, it was reported that Dvorkovich had vouched for ex-Minister Abyzov.
To recall, the former minister is suspected of embezzling 4 billion rubles from Sibirskaya Energeticheskaya Kompaniya and Regionalnye Elektricheskie Seti. According to the investigation, the embezzled money was withdrawn abroad.
Mikhail Abyzov is former Minister of the Open Government. Apart from him, there are five more defendants in the case. All of them are under arrest.
General’s son Mikhail Sal’nikov, Professor of the Department of Theory of Government and Law at the St. Petersburg University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of the Russian Federation, has been detained for real estate fraud. Amid other corruption crimes hitting the headlines, this offense does not seem a high-profile one. But the point is that this is not the first criminal case instituted against professor Sal’nikov, and he is not the only relative of MIA general Viktor Sal’nikov having problems with the law.