Udmurt Acting Government Chairman detained
Rafis Kasimov had been in the office for less than six months.
Law enforcers have detained Udmurt Government Chairman Rafis Kasimov. According to Kommersant, there have been no official statements from the law enforcement agencies yet. The reasons for the detention have not been named either.
Notably, it was just last February that Kasimov was assigned to the post. He oversees the work of the Ministry of Transport and Road Economy, the Ministry of Forestry, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, and the Ministry of Energy, Housing and Communal Services in the republic.
In 2016, he became acting deputy chairman of the government, and before that, he had been heading the local Ministry of Forestry for 10 years.
We should remind that the former head of Udmurtia Alexander Soloviev was detained last April, being accused of taking bribes of 140 million rubles ($2.3m). Recently, he confessed to the crime (although not to the amount) in the hope of getting out of the pre-trial detention facility, where he has been kept from the moment of his arrest. However, the court left him in custody.
Today reports came that property of Soloviev and his two daughters had been arrested. According to the TASS that cited a source familiar with the case file, it was a security arrest for eight apartments in Moscow and Izhevsk, a house in Kamennoye village, two land plots in Udmurtia and a car. Most of the property belongs to Soloviev’s eldest daughter. About two million rubles ($33.200) was seized from Udmurt ex-Head himself during the search.
Zaur Dadaev, who is imprisoned for the murder of politician Boris Nemtsov, may soon be put in stricter conditions of detention. Being sent for any, sometimes contrived violations of the regime in a punitive confinement (SHIZO), Dadaev is being forced to pass a check on the lie detector and give evidence on the Nemtsov case.
The video showing prisoner being tortured by officers of the Yaroslavl correctional camp No. 1 (IK-1), which was published on July 20, caused a public outcry and the initiation of a criminal case by the Investigative Committee. However, a year ago, an ICR officer found no exceeding of official powers in the video, thus justifying the torture.
A large-scale purge of thieves in law, which started shortly after Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s coming to power, continues in Armenia. After receiving threats of arrests, thieves were taken in custody for carrying weapons and drugs.
However, the thief, who is currently dividing the spheres of influence in Ukraine’s Odessa region with Antimoz Kukhilava through his representatives, has been sentenced in absentia. Mindiya Goradze is not in Georgia at the moment.