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Searches took place in the forestry agency of Buryatia
The operatives searched the forestry agency of Buryatia. The head of the department, according to the investigation, was involved in illegal logging on Lake Baikal. The investigation is ongoing for one episode, but law enforcement officers expect to find new information in the seized documents.
According to the press service of the Investigative Committee of the Investigative Committee of Russia in Buryatia, the head of the agency is suspected of exceeding official authority. According to investigators, the official handed over to the mining company a plot in the central ecological zone of the Baikal natural territory for exploration and development of gold reserves, and after that approved the positive conclusion of the state examination of the project.
Employees of the company began cutting down forest plantations on the site until they were stopped by operatives. A third of the trees were cut down, damage to the state exceeded 11,5 million rubles. According to experts, the Baikal ecosystem has been irreparably damaged. During the searches, investigators check the information about whether this was an isolated case or not.