FSB suspects Abyzov of new crime as part of organized crime community

FSB suspects Abyzov of new crime as part of organized crime community

The Financial Counterintelligence Agency have referred materials associated with the case of Belgorod power engineers to the IC.

Employees of the FSB Economic Security Service have referred a report on the discovery of the signs of a crime, which may involve arrested ex-Minister of the Open Government, Mikhail Abyzov, to the ICR central office. It concerns a possible swindling (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code) or embezzlement (part 4 of Art. 160), committed on an especially large scale as part of an organized crime group (Art. 210), Kommersant reports.

The materials referred to the ICR concern the high-profile case of Belgorod power engineers, which is now being considered in court. In 2015, officers of the FSB and ICR detained former Head of the branch of MRSK Tsentr, Viktor Filatov, and his alleged accomplices from among the managers and employees of Korporativnye Servisnye Sistemy (KorSSis) in Belgorod. Allegedly, the enterprise caused MRSK Tsentr damage of 241 million rubles ($3.74 million) in the provision of IT services by outsourcing. Business ombudsman Boris Titov stood up for the defendants.

According to a Kommersant source, Abyzov’s name was mentioned in the documents in connection with the privatization of a block of shares of KorSSis, owned by the Unified Energy System of Russia, in 2006–2007. Back then, the ex-minister was the deputy head of Anatoly Chubais and allegedly was directly involved in the privatization. Investigator of the Main Directorate for the Investigation of Especially Important Cases, Major-General of Justice Sergey Stepanov, will have to find out whether this is due to the embezzlement in KorSSis.

To recall, Abyzov has been arrested on charges of embezzlement of 4 billion rubles ($62.1 million) from Sibirskaya Energeticheskaya Kompaniya and Regionalnye Elektricheskie Seti, major energy suppliers in the Novosibirsk Region, in 2011–2014.

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