Head of public monitoring commission in Amur region who backs Tsepovyaz ousted

Head of public monitoring commission in Amur region who backs Tsepovyaz ousted
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Natalia Okhotnikova’s assistant Andrey Zenkov has called the decision “voluntary-compulsory” and stated all members of the region’s public monitoring commission would stand down, as well.

The chairwoman of the public monitoring commission in Amur region Natalia Okhotnikova who had earlier called a convict in a Tsapki gang case Viacheslav Tsepovyaz “a philanthropist descended from a renowned family of farmers” has been ousted, reports RIA Novosti with reference to the vice-chairman of the region’s public monitoring commission Andrey Zenkov.

Zenkov has called the decision “voluntary-compulsory” and stated all members of the region’s public monitoring commission would stand down, as well.

“For the time being, there won’t be a public monitoring commission in Amur region,” the former vice-chairman of the region’s public monitoring commission in Amur region said. He has also called a scandal over Okhotnikova’s statements “an odd stigmatization” and “an obvious gutter press behavior.”

The Chairwoman of the Committee on Security and Cooperation with the public monitoring commission of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation Maria Kannabikh had earlier expressed her opinion over the matter, stating that Okhotnikova ought to stand down following her statements.

The scandal made Natalia Okhotnikova post on her Instagram where she stated “no one was hurt” from the actions of Viacheslav Tsepovyaz, and he had been “a legitimized Duma member, and a philanthropist who descended from a renowned family of farmers.” The former head of the public monitoring commission in Amur region said the information on Tsepovyaz that received privileged treatment circulated in the media was nothing more than “an odious lie.”

Pictures of Viacheslav Tsepovyaz eating crab meat, caviar and barbecue in the colony in Amur region had earlier emerged on the web. The Investigative Committee of Russia launched a check following the publication of the photos. It was found out that the colony’s employees had provided special incarceration conditions for the inmate. Criminal case into excess of powers was opened.

Tsepovyaz was sentenced to 19 years and 10 months behind bars on charges of the Tsapki gang case. In autumn, 2010, the gang’s members murdered 12 persons - including children - in a house of a farmer Server Ametov in a stanitsa (a large village) of Kushchevskaya in Russia’s Krasnodar region.

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