Tombstones from graves of defenders of Polar region thrown into landfill in Murmansk
The Investigative Committee has initiated a check. The region head promised to punish those responsible.
The old gravestones from the graves of the Polar region defenders were thrown into a landfill near an incinerator in Murmansk when reconstructing the Valley of Glory Memorial. The regional Investigative Committee department has initiated a check. Acting Governor of the Murmansk region, Andrey Chibis, called this attitude to the memory of fallen soldiers intolerable and promised to get the guilty punished, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports.
The Valley of Glory, the former Death Valley, is located 75 kilometers from Murmansk. In the autumn of 2018, the memorial underwent a reconstruction, during which tombstones were dismantled. Later they were found mixed up with debris at the city dump. The government of the Murmansk region promised to create a commission to investigate the situation.
General’s son Mikhail Sal’nikov, Professor of the Department of Theory of Government and Law at the St. Petersburg University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of the Russian Federation, has been detained for real estate fraud. Amid other corruption crimes hitting the headlines, this offense does not seem a high-profile one. But the point is that this is not the first criminal case instituted against professor Sal’nikov, and he is not the only relative of MIA general Viktor Sal’nikov having problems with the law.