Kemerovo: impact on the fate Tuleyev prosecution of his deputies

Kemerovo trail

The investigative Committee Monday, November 14, brought the case to several senior employees of the Kemerovo administration, investigators and businessmen. So, the TFR employees interested in the Vice-Governor Alexey Ivanov and Alexander Danilchenko and head of Department of administrative bodies of administration of the region Elena Troitskaya. Under investigation were the head of the local management of SK Sergey Kalinkin, Deputy head of the second Department for investigation of particularly important cases Syarhei Krukova and his subordinate Artem Shevelev. Finally, the claims of law enforcement bodies have appeared to the founder of OOO “PTK “Coal” to Alexander Schukin, his nominee to Gennady Bubnov and “other unidentified persons”. All of them are suspected of extortion in especially large size (item “b” of part 3 of article 163 of the criminal code).

“The suspects extorted from Anton Tsygankov owned 51% of shares of JSC Razrez Inskoy”. The market value of these shares is not less than 1 billion rubles,” — said the official representative of SKR Svetlana Petrenko.

A criminal case was opened by the Chairman of the TFR by Ilya Lazutova, said two sources familiar with the investigation. According to one of interlocutors, the issue of election of a measure of restraint will be decided on Wednesday morning: up to this point, employees SKR most likely will not have time to prepare petitions for the arrests. Operational support of the case engaged in local management of FSB.

General Director of the mining company Razrez Inskoy” Andrew Month said that “nothing to say” about the charges. Director of OOO PTK “Coal” Nikolay Rudnev also declined to comment on the criminal case, stating that “nothing about it heard.”

The struggle for “mine”

In July 2016, Shchukin appeared on the enterprise only for a few days and announced that it is now Razrez Inskoy” belongs to him, said one of the employees of the company, which preferred to remain unknown. “For us, it was weird. Came I met with the team, said, “I’m your new major shareholder, will work!”. And after 4 days came the people from the old management company and said that Shchukin returned the shares Tsygankov back,” he said.

At the same time, the regional Department of the TFR was detained Tsygankov. Against him and the leadership of the company was prosecuted for abuse of authority. The investigators believed that the management and shareholders of Razrez Inskoy” organized, this procedure of settlements with counterparties, which became impossible the payment of payments to budgetary and non-budgetary funds of Russia, including mandatory taxes. Accounts payable totaled 500 million rubles. asserted in the TFR. Before the investigating authorities of the region on materials of public Prosecutor’s check criminal case due to non-payment of salaries of employees of JSC Razrez Inskoy”. After checking Tsygankov was released.

The “Cut “Inskoy” really accumulated a debt under the salary before miners: according to “TASS”, at the end of April, they exceeded 50 million RUB. in the Spring of 2016, the planned restart of production was delayed due to the fact that coal was not “export quality,” pointed out Chairman of the Board of Directors of JSC Razrez Inskoy” Andrew Gaudin.

Unprofitable enterprise

Joint-stock company Razrez Inskoy” was founded in 2002. In 2011, according to SPARK, the company was showing losses in 2015, they have exceeded 1.7 billion rubles.

The mine was commissioned in 2011. It is built on the site burned down the mine “Signal”. The restoration has been the company “promuglesbyt”, founders are David Yakobashvili, Oleg Tomilov, Ilya Gavrilov and Gavril Yushvaev (data register). Currently, “promuglesbyt” is in the process of liquidation.

David Yakobashvili said that five years ago, transferred its interest in the “Promuglesbyt” (city manages) your partner Gavrila Jushvaeva because the asset was unprofitable and he saw no reason to continue to do it.

Moscow company “the Metal of Region-invest” in June, 2016 submitted the claim about bankruptcy of JSC Razrez Inskoy”. On 18 October the Arbitration court of the Kemerovo region for the second time has suspended consideration of the bankruptcy case in connection with the fact that in the Arbitration court of the Moscow district disputed the transaction on the assignment of debts of the mine at 41.6 mln.

In 2012, the audit chamber revealed unreasonable overestimate of cost of construction of the mine Razrez Inskoy”. Also, the audit revealed that the authorities of the Kemerovo region illegal decisions on granting subsidies to the company Razrez Inskoy”.

Whether to wait for the resignation Tuleyev

The Federal official said that he doubted that the scandal will have an effect on the positions of Governor Tuleyev.

“I don’t think this is a deliberate attack on Tuleyev, because everyone knows that he is in good standing, the President, agrees political analyst Vitaly Ivanov. But it weakens his position, casts a shadow on it and can be further used to accelerate the withdrawal from the gubernatorial post”.

A source close to the Kremlin, believes that the incident can hardly be considered a game against Tuleyev: “first, if the case was initiated only against the Vice-governors, it would be possible to regard it as an attack on Tuleyev. But in case are representatives of the UK, and this changes the picture. Second, Tuleyev appreciates Putin — only thanks to the President, he received permission to go to the current term (the Governor of the Kemerovo region, was elected for a fifth term in 2015). And thirdly, now at the Federal level there is no subject, which would be to organize an attack on Tuleyev”. Kemerovo region, according to a source, “it’s problematic, difficult subject, on which you can easily turn the neck, so there are few who will climb”.

Containment of governors

In recent years, many initiatives of the Federal center indirectly led to the strengthening of the governors, said political analyst Alexander Kynev. According to him, this contributed to the registration filters in the elections, “the defeat of local government,” the introduction of a mixed system for state Duma elections. The expert believes that the arrest of the Kuzbass Vice-governors can be connected with attempt of the Federal government to weaken the influence of regional elites. Kanev points out that the last years many zamgubernatora and regional Ministers came under investigation (case Kirov region Governor Nikita Belykh, head of the Komi Republic Vyacheslav Gaiser, and the head of Sakhalin Alexander Khoroshavin) . But until recently, Kemerovo oblast was the exception.

“Now the attention of security forces came to Kuzbass. I would consider this as part of the policy is very specific checks and balances when they are not institutional and informal power by regional elites are suspended due to investigations. An additional factor may be the continuation of clarifying the relationship and distribution of power within the power bloc”, — says the expert.

According to him, Tuleyev is one of the governors-“old-timers” that provided extremely high percentage of “United Russia” and the ultra-high voter turnout in the region, but General trends to update the corps of heads of regions sooner or later will reach him.

Given that he Tuleyev recently performed a more symbolic function, and the administrative burden was on the team, this is a serious blow to the “collective Tuleyev”, concludes the analyst Yevgeny Minchenko.

With the participation of Timothy Dzyadko, Dmitry Nasonov, Maria Istomina