Nizhny Tagil: Scandal surrounding 'chutzpah' director leads to second dismissal in Ural region ICR 

Nizhny Tagil: Scandal surrounding 'chutzpah' director leads to second dismissal in Ural region ICR
Ivan Raykhert

The non-payment of salaries to Nizhny Tagil Insulating Elements Plant employees and the chutzpah of the plant management that shocked Vladimir Putin resulted in dismissal of some high-ranking officials at the local department of the Committee.

Possible dismissal of Head of the Tagilstroevsky District Investigations Department Ivan Raykhert is being discussed in Nizhny Tagil, according to ura.news. Raykhert had been demoted to an investigator in the Prigorodsky District. Raykhert partially confirmed the information in an interview to Mezhdu Strok, but refused to go into details.

It is worth mentioning the committee has not made any official announcements. Senior Assistant of the committee head in the Sverdlovsk region Aleksandr Shchulga refused to comment on Raykhert’s dismissal. The Nizhny Tagil City Hall did the same but pointed out no one complained about investigative agencies.

May we remind you that non-payment of salaries to Nizhny Tagil Insulating Elements Plant employees was brought up during the Direct Line with Vladimir Putin; the desperate employees asked him for help.

Putin later brought up the issue during a meeting with Sverdlovsk Region Governor Evgeny Kuyvashev. 

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The President was outraged by how the management only promised the employees to finally pay them after he got involved. After that, the committee opened three criminal cases against the management for violation of articles 145.1, part 1 (Non-payment of Salaries, Wages, Pensions, Stipends, Benefits and Other Payments), 199.2 (Concealment of Monetary Funds or Property of an Organization or Individual Businessman against Which the Recovery of Taxes and (or) Fees Is Levied), and 159 (Swindling) of the Russian Criminal Code. The cases were opened due to a 4-million-ruble ($67.7 thousand) embezzlement at the plant.

195 plant employees were not paid from April of 2016 to January of 2017, according to the committee. The plant ran into a more than 13-million-ruble ($220 thousand) debt to its employees during this period.

It is worth mentioning that the employees began receiving money the next day after the President ordered to solve the issue. The majority of the debt has been repaid, the publication notes.

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Valery Zadorin

However, the scandal resulted in dismissals of some employees of local investigative agencies. Head of the ICR Directorate in the Sverdlovsk region Lieutenant General Valery Zadorin was dismissed in early July. ICR Chairman Aleksandr Bistrikin instituted an internal inspection against Zadorin due to delays in the investigation into the issue with wages.

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