Law enforcement agencies detained the Deputy Chairman of the legislative Assembly of Nizhny Novgorod region Oleg Sorokin. Conducted searches at his residence. About it the Deputy of the state Duma from the Nizhniy Novgorod region Alexander Kurdyumov has told TASS.
“He was arrested, being searched,” – said Kurdyumov.
Later the source of “Interfax” said that Sorokin brought in for questioning in the investigation of the criminal case. “Sorokin questioned within the criminal case instigated the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation”, – said the Agency interlocutor. “After questioning will be determined the procedural status Sorokina,” said the source.
According to the publication of Koza.press, Tuesday, investigators also carried out searches in companies associated with Sorokin. It clarifies the “Kommersant”, the searches, in particular, are in the company of “Stolitsa Nizhny” group, which is managed by the wife Sorokina Elada Nagornaya.
Telegram-channel Mash reports that Sorokin suspect in bribes from a local businessman. Bribes were allegedly obtained by Sorokin in 2012, when he held the post of mayor. NN.ru reports that Sorokin could be detained on the case of the General Director of JSC “Volga-petroleum” Mansour Limited. In 2013, he Sadekov was arrested for “commercial bribery”. While in prison, he wrote an open letter to Vladimir Putin in which he said that he had acted in connection with the request of the head of Nizhny Novgorod Oleg Sorokin.
As reported by Telegram-channel “Sorokin tail”, the search in the house of Sorokin began at about 3 a.m. on 19 December: “According to preliminary data, claims are made under article 165 of the criminal code “Causing damage to property by deception or abuse of trust.” It is noted that in the course of the search in Sorokin was found about 1.5 billion rubles in cash.
We will remind, Oleg Sorokin from 2005 to 2010 was the Deputy of the city Duma Nizhny Novgorod, then from 2010 to 2015 – the head of Nizhny Novgorod. In 2013, around him sparked the corruption scandal after the Deputy of the state Duma from “Fair Russia” Dmitry Gudkov has published information about the possession of the family of the mayor of the villas in France. The Deputy also stated that his wife Sorokina listed more than 100 companies (in the Declaration it was stated “only” 26), 11 plots of land, five apartments and numerous commercial premises. Meanwhile, in 2014, Sorokin won Gudkov have a court case on bribery of voters. Later, Sorokin also found a luxurious vacation home on agricultural land that was already suspicious to investigators.
However, all this did not prevent Sorokin to keep a post of the mayor. And in 2016, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Nizhny Novgorod region. Then became the Deputy and his 23-year-old son Nikita Sorokin notes that “the Media”.
We will add that Ivan Karelin, in 2016, replaced Sorokin as mayor, he was convicted of the Fund of struggle against corruption with illegal possession of real estate in Miami. In may 2017 Kornilina sent into early retirement after the inspection of foreign assets.
Selling land rights to companies of relatives
According to the Investigative Committee, in 2011-2012, the administration of Nizhny Novgorod was held the auction selling the rights for conclusion of agreements on development of built-up area in the Nizhny Novgorod region and lease 14 land plots on the territory of the region. The results of the auctions contracts are concluded with “РегионИнвест52 and Ingradstroy”, affiliated with close relatives of Oleg Sorokin, reminds “Interfax”.
The investigation examined the circumstances of the transactions and the actual participation in the management of commercial organizations. However, during the audit objective evidence Sorokin committing illegal acts, has not been established.
The Agency also reminds that on 1 December 2003 for Sorokin when he was the businessman was assassinated. He was hospitalized with three gunshot wounds in the Bogorodsk district of the Nizhny Novgorod region. A year later for attempted murder was arrested by the Vice-speaker of the Nizhniy Novgorod Parliament Michael Deakin and his brother Alexander, chief of a staff Prioksky RUVD Nizhni Novgorod. In August 2006 the Nizhniy Novgorod regional court sentenced Mikhail Deakin to 16 years of imprisonment, Alexander Deakin to 15 years. In the summer of 2016 Michael Deakin was released on PAROLE from the Mordovian colony.