30.07.2021

The ex-head of the Novosibirsk mayor’s office was given a suspended sentence

Former deputy head of the department of land and property relations of the mayor’s office, Yuri Kuznetsov, was found guilty of abuse of office (part 1 of article 286 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). He was given a 1 year suspended sentence.

The investigation established that in 2015 between the mayor’s office and a private company a lease agreement was concluded for a municipal land plot in the Pervomaisky district.

– Its essential condition was that the tenant must build objects in accordance with the established project. In 2018, the organization applied to the mayor’s office with a petition to purchase a leased site, – said Anastasia Kuleshova, senior assistant to the head of the investigative department of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Novosibirsk region for interaction with the media.

The official, knowing about the failure to comply with the terms of the contract, still instructed his subordinates to prepare a contract for the sale and purchase of the leased site on preferential terms. At the same time, the buying organization had no benefits.

– The land plot was sold at a price more than 10 times lower than its market value. The Novosibirsk City Hall suffered damage in the amount of more than 14 million rubles, – said in the UK

The crime was solved together with the Novosibirsk FSB.

Yuri Kuznetsov was detained in 2018, at the same time searches were carried out at the mayor’s office. A year earlier, Yuri Kuznetsov gave an interview to the site vseon.com, in which he said that about 1.4 thousand lease agreements for land for construction were concluded in the city. For these plots, all tenants in total must give the city 2 billion rubles a year. At the same time, lease debts at that time were at the level of 2.7 billion rubles.

Arrests and detentions of employees of the mayor’s office are ongoing. Last year, the NGS spoke with the head of the housing department, Denis Kovalev, who was also suspected of abuse of office. Investigators came to Kovalev because of long-term construction. The official explained why he did not consider himself guilty. Here is a transcript of a conversation with him.

Investigators also have questions for ministry officials. Recently, the Deputy Minister of Transport and Roads of the NSO was detained. We will tell you what he is suspected of and who else is involved in this case.

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