Ufa café associated with consumer protection agency employee’s suicide, belonged to local media mogul before shutdown

Ufa café associated with consumer protection agency employee’s suicide, belonged to local media mogul before shutdown
Albert Mukhamedyarov Photo: KP

Albert Mukhamedyarov owns the radio station Europa Plus Ufa and Radio Dacha. Recently, he has opened three new businesses, including a café called Ferma.

The prosecutor's office of Bashkortostan has been looking into the high-profile suicide of the Rospotrebnadzor official, Olga Sidorcheva, who killed herself after her boss reprimanded her about Ferma closure, RIA Novosti reports.

The department will reportedly review the legality of the café shutdown, which became the reason why Sidorcheva was reprimanded and forced to quit. The prosecutor's office representative noted that under the law, the consumer protection agency did have the right to an unscheduled inspection.

The Ferma scandal broke out last week, according to Komsomolskaya Pravda. Sidorcheva came to the establishment with an unscheduled inspection on behalf of Rospotrebnadzor, which revealed that there were no shops for preparing dishes from raw meat. The official imposed a fine of 900 thousand rubles on the cafe, and made a decision to suspend its activities the next day.

The cafe owner, Albert Mukhamedyarov, stated during a meeting with the interim head of Bashkortostan, Radiy Khabirov, that the enterprise that had opened less than a year ago had received no complaints about its work. Khabirov noted that the inspection could be initiated on the basis of complaints, and if there were none, its legality should be reviewed. The region head reprimanded the Rospotrebnadzor head, after which the inspection materials were referred to the prosecutor's office.

After the meeting with Khabirov, Yevgeny Stepanov, the Bashkir head of Rospotrebnadzor, had a conversation with Sidorchenko. A few hours later, she was found dead in the forest. There was a suicide note next to her body that asked her family for forgiveness.

Komsomolskaya Pravda notes that the Ferma owner, Mukhamedyarov, is a well-known businessman in Ufa. He owns the radio station Europa Plus Ufa and Radio Dacha. In the past, Mukhamedyarov owned the infamous Bashmedia news agency. Not so long ago, he opened three new businesses: Ferma, a men's club and a sports bar.

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