Criminal investigation launched against owner of OAO Chelyabinsk Tube-Rolling Mill

The Main Investigations Directorate of the Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched a criminal case against actual owner and at the same time member of the board of directors of OAO Chelyabinsk Tube-Rolling Mill (hereinafter the Mill) Andrey Komarov and lawyer Alexander Shibanov, who was a member of the committee of the board of directors. They are suspected of the crime under paragraphs “a” and “b” of part 2 of article 204 of the RF Penal Code (commercial bribery).

According to investigators, Promresurs, a federal state unitary enterprise, while inspecting the Mill found violation of the law on preparedness activity, which allowed unfounded benefit of 2 billion rubles. Komarov and Shibanov conspired to give a bribe of 300 thousand US dollars to an official of Promresurs to conceal the fact and forge the documents he made concerning the inspection. Shibanov was detained while giving the bribe, Komarov later.

At present investigating and search operations are underway to find all the circumstances of the crime. Restraint for the detainees is being contemplated. The operational support of the inquiry is being carried out by the Economic Security Office of the Federal Security Service and the Main Economic Security and Anti-Corruption office of the Russian Interior Ministry.

Head of Media Relations                                                                                                   V.I. Markin