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Two ex-ministers on Sakhalin are tried for abuse of authority
On Sakhalin, the trial of former ministers Elena Gakh and Mikhail Kuzmenko, as well as deputy minister Tamara Mulenkova, began. Ex-officials are accused of abuse of office with grievous consequences.
According to TASS, the defendants refused to plead guilty in court. In 2017, the Minister of Property and Land Relations Elena Gakh, the head of the Ministry of Agriculture Mikhail Kuzmenko and his first deputy Tamara Mulenkova were detained on suspicion of withdrawing funds from the regional budget in the interests of a commercial structure.
According to investigators, the defendants transferred 1,037 billion rubles out of 2,263 billion rubles to the private company Green Agro-Sakhalin, which initially allocated for the construction of the livestock complex of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsky State Farm. The money was provided to a commercial organization at a very low percentage, which caused damage to the region on an especially large scale. If the guilt of ex-officials is proved, they face imprisonment for a term of three to ten years.