First on searches in the party said that the Yekaterinburg edition Znak.com. Investigative actions are held in the Department of strategic initiatives of the Agency, told the publication.
The representative of the corporate communications Department TASS Ilya Novikov confirmed that the Agency building was searched.
“Investigative actions are connected with one of our employees, to be exact — to his previous place of work. To the activities of TASS, they have no relationship,” — said Novikov.
Novikov refused to confirm or deny that we can talk about the Director General of TASS Sergey Mikhailov. This version was voiced in the first editorial message Znak.com but later this report was edited and the reference Mihailov disappeared.
Later the Agency RNS reported about searches in a communications Agency “Mikhailov and partners”, which was founded by Mikhailov.
“Investigative actions are carried out in the morning, employees who at that time was in the office, took the phone,” said one of the sources of RNS. Investigative actions relate to one customer, said the second source. The demonstrations in the office “MIP” on Leningrad prospect, business the center “Monarch”, said the RNS.
Acting head of Department of information and public relations of the MIA of Russia Marina Molokova said that investigative actions in TASS was conducted by the investigative Department of the Ministry of interior in relation to one of ordinary employees and have no relation to the work of the Agency.
According to the interlocutor close to “Mikhailov & partners”, we can talk about the ordinary employee of Department of strategic planning, who moved to TASS Agency about one and a half years ago.
The newspaper “Vedomosti” with reference to the source TASS said that the searches were also held in the office of the Deputy chief financial officer of Yulia Stepanova, who has previously worked in TASS.
Searches in TASS and advertising Agency “Mikhailov and partners” may be associated with the investigation about the inflated costs of PR-campaign of JSC “RZD”, writes “Rosbalt” referring to “a source familiar with the situation”. Mikhailov previously held the post of head of Department of corporate communications Railways.
A source close to the presidential administration, also said that the searches related to checks in relation to Railways. However, he added that these checks do not relate to the work of Sergei Mikhailov, a former staff of the Agency “Mikhailov and partners”, is now working in TASS.
The representative of the Russian Railways said that he doesn’t know about the searches and their connection with the contracts of Russian Railways.
A source close to the Agency “Mikhailov and partners”, denies that the searches the Agency related to checks in relation to the Railways – according to him, “Mikhailov and partners” never had contracts with this structure. The interlocutor explained that the searches are connected with one of old clients of the Agency with which the “Mikhailov and partners” does not work for two years. To call this client, he refused.
The source in law enforcement bodies, in turn, argues that the searches in TASS and the Agency “Mikhailov and partners” are not connected with preliminary checking in the Railways, which is held on the applications of the Fund of struggle against corruption Alexey Navalny. According to the source , checking against the ex-head of Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin conducts the Management of transport the Ministry of internal Affairs of Russia for the Central Federal district, but doesn’t have enough power and influence to initiate a search of the building of one of the main news agencies of the country.
The lawyer of FBK Ivan Zhdanov previously confirmed that the investigation against Yakunin conducts the Management of transport.
In a press-service of the Ministry of interior could not comment on the searches at the Agency “Mikhailov and partners” and did not rule out that the investigative actions conducted by another Agency. In the TFR are not promptly responded to the request .
In December 2014, wrote that the main owner of the company “Lais”, which received a 15-year contract to sell all advertising of “Russian Railways”, was Vitaly Krivenko, a longtime collaborator of Director General of TASS Mikhailov, was Deputy head of corporate communications Railways.
In 2004 Mikhailov left the Agency, becoming the first adviser of the President of Russian Railways, and then as head of corporate communications. In the same year in the Railways as Deputy Mikhailov came Krivenko. In 2012 the decree of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Mikhailov was appointed the General Director of TASS.