Pavel Anufriev confessed to budget money embezzlement
During interrogation, the Kirov Deputy Minister of Trade Pavel Anufriev has confessed to the embezzlement of budget funds.
A criminal case under part 3 of Art. 33 and part 4 of Art. 160 of the Russian Criminal Code (Organization of Monetary Funds Embezzlement on an Especially Large Scale) has been initiated against him.
Investigating authorities have opened a criminal case against the Acting Minister of Enterprise, Trade and External Relations Development of the Kirov region Pavel Anufriev. The official is charged with embezzlement of budget funds on an especially large scale.
According to preliminary information, in 2010 and 2011, while holding the position of the Head of the regional Department of Enterprise and Trade Development, Pavel Anufriev organized embezzlement of budget funds that were intended for the implementation of a program aimed at supporting and developing small and medium business in the Kirov region in the period from 2010 to 2014.
The press service of the regional ICR has reported that during that period, the official asked his acquaintance, head of the Small and Medium-Sized Business Assistance Fund in the city of Vyatskie Polyany, to transfer 1.2 million rubles in the fund’s possession to the bank account of Anufriev’s company under a false contract. He assured that the money was necessary for the development and implementation of a municipal target program. However, he later embezzled the money obtained through a fictitious contract.
Law enforcement officers learned about the budget funds embezzlement during the investigation and operational search. Their work has resulted into the detention of the corrupt official, which took place the other day. As it had been earlier reported by the CrimeRussia, after Pavel Anufriev’s arrest he was taken to Investigative Committee for interrogation, where he made a confession. Then he was placed in a pre-trial detention center. A preventive measure against him is currently being selected.
After the interrogation, law enforcement officers instituted a criminal case under part 3 of Art. 33 and part 4 of Art. 160 of the Russian Criminal Code (Organization of Monetary Funds Embezzlement on an Especially Large Scale).
In addition, the investigating authorities have searched the official’s home, office, and car, and interviewed a number of individuals possessing information important for the investigation. At the moment, law enforcement officers are carrying out the necessary examinations and working to establish all the circumstances of the crime.
It should also be noted that the Head of the regional ICR Major General Grigory Zhitenev has taken personal control of the investigation of this criminal case.
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