Former Head of Komi Control and Accounts Chamber gets 7-year suspended sentence in Gaizer gang case
The Head of Komi Chamber of Control and Accounts has been taking bribes from the Republic’s Deputy Head for several years, helping criminals escape amenability.
The Syktyvkar City Court delivered a verdict against Mikhail Yevdokimov, the former chairman of Komi Control and Accounts Chamber (CAC). He has been found guilty of taking bribes on an especially large scale.
The court found that within 4 years Yevdokimov received a total of 7.8 million rubles ($135.000) from Republic’s first Deputy Head Aleksey Chernov, who is currently under investigation.
The Komi CAC Head would take the money in return for the information he would give to Chernov. He would report on the progress and results of inspections and would get Chernov’s approvals on the returns to law enforcement agencies. There were documents that undermined the organized criminal group led by former Komi Head Vyacheslav Gaizer. Yevdokimov would not submit those document at all.
As reported by Interfax, the court gave Yevdokimov a 7-year suspended sentence with a 5-year probation and a fine of 15.6 million rubles ($270.230). The former Komi CAC Head has also been banned from government jobs for three years.
Prosecutor’s Senior Assistant Natalia Spiridonova justified the lenient verdict saying that the official has given a full confession and signed a pre-trial cooperation agreement.
We should remind that the criminal case against the former Komi CAC Head was initiated last May. The incidents of the criminal case occurred between 2011 and 2015. Yevdokimov had worked with the Komi FSB until 2011, and then represented Komi Head and Government in the State Council starting from November 2015. 19 administration employees of the republic are involved in the case of Vyacheslav Gaizer’s gang.