Putin comes to Dagestan amid anti-corruption cleanup
Earlier, the president had announced that the cleanup was to continue.
Vladimir Putin arrived in the capital of Dagestan, Makhachkala, on Tuesday, March 13, amid the anti-corruption cleanup.
Putin is going to hold a meeting on socio-economic development of the republic and meet with local community activists, RBC quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.
The visit to Makhachkala a few days before the election must have been for a reason.
This February, acting head of the Dagestan government Abdusamad Gamidov and two of his deputies Shamil Isaev and Rajudin Yusufov were detained, as well as former Education Minister Shakhabas Shakhov and Mayor of the capital city Musa Musaev.
The anticorruption operation in Dagestan has been going on since early February. A team of Prosecutor General's Office employees arrived in the republic to see how the authorities perform their duties. Over 70 criminal cases were initiated as a result of the checks.
Abdusamad Gamidov was detained and sent to Moscow on February 4. Two of his deputies, Shamil Isaev and Rajudin Yusufov, were sent to the Russian capital, while searches were carried out in the homes of the former Kaspiysk mayor, Dzhamaludin Omarov and Deputy Education Minister Temirkhan Khalilov. In total, seven high-ranking Dagestani officials were detained.
The operatives wanted to see how Dagestan spends the budget funds, primarily when it comes to healthcare.
According to RBC sources, the detained officials are going to be charged with creating a gang that included law enforcement officials among others.
Putin announced that the cleanup in Dagestan was to continue on March 2.