“There are no untouchables.” deputy head of Crimea detained in Moscow

“There are no untouchables.” deputy head of Crimea detained in Moscow
Vitaly Nakhlupin

FSB officers raided the offices of the Road Service of Crimea and the Crimean Railway.

Deputy of Crimean Head Sergey Aksenov and former Chairman of the Committee for the Economic, Fiscal and Tax Policy of the region Vitaly Nakhlupin has been detained in Moscow, RBC reports referring to sources close to the peninsula’s leadership and MIA regional directorate. FSB officers raided the offices of the Road Service of Crimea and the Crimean Railway.

RBC source in the Crimean leadership said that the detention of Nakhlupin may be related to the situation surrounding road tenders. The region’s Vice-Premier supervised the construction of roads and the implementation of the federal target program for road construction, the publication’s source at the Ministry of Internal Affairs added.

Neither siloviki nor Crimean authorities have officially commented on Nakhlupin's detention yet.

Meanwhile, Head of Crimea Sergey Aksenov has confirmed the detention.

“There are untouchables. It is not who was detained that is important, but for what he was detained. Anyone who has violated the law or is about to break it should know: punishment is inevitable,” Askenov wrote in his Facebook page.

In addition, in the morning of October 17, siloviki seized documents of the Crimea Highways Service in the Committee for Competitive Policy of the region, a source in the Crimean MIA said.

Searches involving FSB officers are also carried out in the Crimean Railways and the Road Service of Crimea, RBC sources in one of the infrastructure companies said. He also said that the organizations’ buildings are cordoned off by OMON special police. According to one of the federal officials, documents have also been seized from Krymenergo.

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