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Former official of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation has been transferred to Khabarovsk

Former official of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation has been transferred to Khabarovsk
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A former employee of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation was arrested on suspicion of taking bribes on a large scale. The criminal case, which investigates the investigative committee of the Khabarovsk Territory, is connected with the company Asia Forest, whose head is also involved in a corruption scandal.

According to the investigation, for the period from 2016 to 2019, the former director of the department of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia received from the head of the company more than 78 million rubles for protection in the course of receiving subsidies from the department. According to the RF IC, the ex-official was arrested in Moscow and transferred to Khabarovsk. He has already been taken into custody.

According to the investigators, "Asia Forest", despite the failure to fulfill obligations for the development of woodworking production in the Sunny District, received from the federal budget more than one billion rubles subsidies. The company also illegally cut down the forest for more than nine million rubles. Persons in charge are involved in abuse of authority and fraud on a large scale. Alexander Pudovkin and ex-deputy chairman of the regional government Vasily Shikhalev.

Now regional authorities exclude the project of a wood processing complex from priority list. In addition, the company will have to return to the federal budget about 68 million rubles - money that the investor did not pay, using preferential rent of forest land.