Primorsky power broker Ilya Spokoynov detained in Moscow
The spin-doctor is currently being convoyed to Vladivostok.
Another person from Primorsky Governor’s immediate circle has been detained. According to VL.ru, Moscow security officers collared Ilya Spokoynov (aka Mitkin and Zeldovich), general director of Admiral (local hockey team), political consultant and adviser to Governor Vladimir Miklushevsky, on February 17.
The Primorsky Investigative Committee has neither confirmed nor denied the reports. However, sources say that Spokoynov is currently being convoyed to Vladivostok. The reason for his detention is unknown.
Late in 2016, as you may remember, Spokoynov’s wife Marina Sviridova, the CEO of Novaya Volna Teleradiokompaniya (TV and radio company), had been imprisoned in Vladivostok. Sviridova was arrested together with a family friend Aleksey Avershin, the chairman of local Union of Miners, who was also jailed for two months over a fraud case. The investigating authorities have given no comments on the arrests, however, according to media reports, both Spokoynov’s wife and Avershin are suspected of public procurement fraud.
Until now, law enforcement officers had no questions for Spokoynov. The political consultant was known to have fled to Latvia and spent about a month there after his wife and friend were arrested. VL.ru also reported that Mitkin had been seen at Admiral vs. Dynamo hockey match on February 15.
As CrimeRussia reported before, the Primorsky’s power broker is not the only one facing imprisonment, as there are other Governor Vladimir Miklushevsky’s friends likely to get behind bars. Some of them are Vice-Governors Oleg Yezhov and Sergey Sidorenko arrested in 2016. The former is accused of corruption (24.5 million rubles or $420.000) when paying for construction and installation works under a state contract. Yezhov has been in jail since the spring 2015. Sidorenko is accused of attempted fraud while distributing compensation to agricultural enterprises that had suffered from a flood. The estimated damage reached 10 million rubles ($171.000). The official has been put under house arrest.
At Stanislav Grebenshchikov’s workplace and home, searches within the case of abuse of official powers were conducted. After the interrogation of the official, the question of his detention will be decided.
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