CRIMINAL SCHEME DETECTED IN ELECTRIC ENERGY SECTOR IN RUSSIAN REGIONS

Officers of the Police and the Federal Security Service have detected a fraud in the electric energy sector in Murmansk Oblast (a region in the north-western part of Russia), Kommersant says. Allegedly, Mr Gennady Shubin who controls 70 per cent of the electric energy market in the region has created a vertically integrated commercial structure comprising more than one hundred companies used to launder illegal proceeds. Currently ten criminal proceedings have been commenced with regard to these occurrences. The damage caused by these criminal scheme amounts to at least 2 billion roubles (appr. USD 65 mln).  

BRIBERY USED TO OBTAIN ALCOHOL LICENCE IN MOSCOW

The Moscow police have detained two businessmen, Mr Andrei Cherepankin and Mr Vladimir Danilchenko, while they were allegedly receiving a bribe of 7.6m roubles (appr. USD 250,000). As reported by Izvestia, the businessmen were said toallegedly be impersonating agents of the deputy head of the licensing agency (issues licenses to buy, store and supply alcoholic products) and offered certain "assistance" in obtaining the license.

If unable to prove a lawful connection with the licensing agency, the men will be accused of an attempted fraud, not bribery. The Russian Criminal Code provides for imprisonment of up to 10 years for this crime.