Thursday, August 17, 2017

Investigation into former deputy mayor of Yekaterinburg complete

The investigation into deputy mayor of Yekaterinburg Viktor Konteyev has been completed.

Konteyev was accused of masterminding a double murder and charged with taking a large bribe, extortion and money laundering. Other defendants in the case include Konteyev's 16 suspected accomplices, Itar-Tass reports.

Konteyev was detained by the Verkh-Isetsky court of Yekaterinburg in August 2011 and charged with masterminding the murder of businessmen Andrei Volkov and Valery Khudyakov, who had hindered the supplies of products to a food store through the Petukhovsky customs post. Later, Konteyev was charged with taking a $153 million bribe.

"Konteyev, together with his wife Larisa and his associates demanded that director of food store #4 Tatyana Rusina and her daughter Yelena Rusina transfer to him the rights to their stakes in the authorized capital of the company, whose market value reached $4.78 million," Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for the department of the Investigative Committee for the Ural Federal District said, Itar-Tass reports.

Konteyev legalized the food store property in 2010-2011 through transactions with company stakes and large real estate facilities in the Yekaterinburg and Sverdlovsk region. The properties include shopping malls, a store in Yekaterinburg and a recreation center in suburban Yekaterinburg. The properties come to a total of $31 million.

"Taking part in the investigation were agents of the regional department of the Federal Security Service and the Interior Ministry's main department for the Ural Federal District. The injured parties, and the defendants and their lawyers have been notified about completion of the investigation into the criminal case. The case materials will be forwarded to them in the nearest future," Markin said, according to Itar-Tass.

Markin said that Konteyev is being presented by the mass media as "a prisoner of conscience," who suffered from the actions of authorities trying to get rid of him by any method.

"The mass media speculate on the inexpediency of placing the official under arrest and on Konteyev's being framed at someone's order. Some public figures, officials and journalists point out at Konteyev's administrative talents which Yekaterinburg allegedly needs, and call for releasing him from custody. Some repeatedly voiced the opinion about his considerable role in investigating the criminal case against former and incumbent Sverdlovsk region police officials," Markin said, Itar-Tass reports.