“Similar to compote!” – Medvedev on FBK investigation
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev commented on the investigation of the Anti-Corruption Fund (FBK) on his real estate and related funds.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that behind the "so-called investigations" there is an attempt to get people out onto the streets, to achieve political and selfish goals, RIA Novosti reported.
The agency notes that the Prime Minister called publications "nonsense" and noted that these publications "are similar to compote."
According to him, "attacks on the Government" are politic for those who order such kinds of materials, these are "people who have specific political goals".
"They are trying to show that the authorities are behaving badly, and they are better than all others. Everything would be fine if there was not a definite history behind it. The story is to get people out onto the streets and achieve their political goals," Medvedev said during a meeting with workers at the Tambov bacon plant.
This is the first public reaction of the Government Head to the investigation of the FBK, which led to anti-corruption rallies in Russian cities. The FBK published an investigation into the residences of Dmitry Medvedev and related funds a month ago, on March 2.
The Spokeswoman for the Prime Minister, Natalia Timakova, stated that the investigation had "clearly pre-election nature", and added that it is meaningless to comment on "the propaganda attacks of the oppositional and convicted character", who stated that he was already conducting some kind of election campaign and fighting with regime.
Since then, and to date, neither the Government Spokesman nor Medvedev himself commented on the FBK's investigation.
After the publication of the investigation, FBK founder Alexey Navalny and his supporters organized anti-corruption rallies in several cities of Russia that took place on March 26 in Moscow, St. Petersburg and a number of other Russian cities.
In Moscow, the anti-corruption rally on Tverskaya Street was not coordinated by the authorities. As a result, on Tverskaya Street and in the adjacent territories, according to police estimates, there were about 7-8 thousand people, and more than a thousand people were detained by law enforcement agencies.
Tambovskiy Bacon LLC is part of the Rusagro group of companies, the largest Russian agroholding for sugar, pig, crop, fat and oil productions.
Viktor Zakharchenko, who is accused of embezzlement of 4 million rubles (~70.000 USD) from the funds of the bank Moskovskoye Ipotechnoye Agentstvo (Moscow Mortgage Agency), was placed under house arrest.
Officer of the FSB in Moscow and the region Pyotr Koryugin participated in the extortion of 2 million rubles ($34.800) from an Azerbaijani citizen, and he warned a drug dealer about a forthcoming search for 300.000 rubles ($5200).