Criminal proceedings launched against vice-governor of Novgorod Region and a number of officials in the area of road sector

Novgorod Region investigating bodies of the Russia’s Investigative Committee have opened a criminal case over illegal misappropriation of federal funds allocated for building roads, in amount no less than 35 million rubles, against a number of officials in the area of road sector of Novgorod Region administration, including two deputies (of Borovichsky and Chudovsky district councils) Anatoly Petrov and Nikolai Zakaldayev suspected of a crime under part 4 of article 159 of the RF Criminal Code (swindling by a group of people on an especially large scale).

This criminal case is filed into a single lawsuit with a criminal case launched earlier against first deputy governor of Novgorod Region Arnold Shalmuyev and deputy CEO of state institution Novgorodavtodor Georgy Vishnyakov and other unknown persons over signs of a crime under paragraph “c” of part 2 of article 179 of the RF Criminal Code, part 1 of article 286 (refusal to conclude a transaction under a threat to spread information which could cause considerable damage to rights and legal interests of the victim or their relatives, committed by a person taking a state position in the Russian Federation, exceeding official powers).

Investigating operations are underway to find all the circumstances of the crime. Investigation is ongoing.

Head of Media Relations Directorate                                                                                 V.I. Markin