Head of St. Petersburg local tax service leaves abroad with his family before FSB raid
Three-hundred-meter mansion of Head of St. Petersburg Pushkin district Federal Tax Service Sergey Grechko is currently being searched. It is due to the criminal case against one of the employees of the district tax service.
FSB officers are currently searching the country estate of St. Petersburg Pushkin district’s main tax officer, Nevskie Novosti reports.
According to Fontanka, the court granted the search warrant for Grechko’s house in the Mendsary village to FSB officers the other day. The FSB investigators also wanted to search the tax inspection, but the court refused to give its consent.
Meanwhile, the FSB has information that the head of St. Petersburg Pushkin district Federal Tax Service had left abroad with his family before the raid. Formally, for a vacation, but the FSB officers believe that he has gone for good, Fontanka reports.
According to the publication, the FSB’s interest in the main tax officer of the city district, which includes 5 municipalities, is due to the criminal case against his former subordinate Marina Gerasimova, suspected of Illegal disclosure of information constituting tax secret (Article 183 of the Russian Criminal Code). The investigation also suspects Gerasimova of involvement in the transfer of official information to commercial organizations. Since 2016, Marina Gerasimova has not worked at the district department of the Federal Tax Service. The criminal case against her was initiated in late March 2017.
Fontanka notes that it is not the first time that the FSB officers have visited Federal Tax Service head’s luxurious three-hundred-meter mansion. In early May, they had already paid a visit to Sergey Grechko’s home and office.
The publication notes that employees of Grechko’s receiving office claim that he is at work, and make appointments with the proviso that the meeting may not take place due to their head being “extremely busy” and “a large number of meetings outside the inspection.”
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).