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The court sent the head of the Leningrad region, detained for fraud, under house arrest

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SAINT PETERSBURG, October 18. / TASS /. The Primorsky District Court of St. Petersburg has sent under house arrest the head of the Vyborgsky District of the Leningrad Region, Gennady Orlov, who was detained on Saturday in the case of a 700 million rubles ($ 8 million) fraud. This was reported to reporters on Sunday in the united press service of the city courts.
“The court chose house arrest until November 12,” the statement said.
Earlier, the Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation in the Leningrad Region informed that Orlov had been detained, and that his home and workplace were searched. The detention took place as part of a criminal investigation into a large fraud by a group of persons by prior conspiracy (part 4 of article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). In September, the former head of the region’s finance committee, Alexander Boluchevsky, was detained in the same case, and he was also imprisoned in a pre-trial detention center.
In court, the defense petitioned to attach certificates of Orlov’s health, awards, certificates and honorary badges. The court attached them to the waiting list. The prosecutor petitioned for the selection of a preventive measure in the form of detention in view of the particular gravity of the crime, the complexity of the case and the possible influence of the suspect on witnesses and accomplices. Orlov explained that he does not admit his guilt, he asked to refuse the petition, the press service noted.
The lawyers pointed out that Orlov was awarded medals of orders of merit to the Fatherland of the 1st and 2nd degree, in addition, the defense drew attention to the fact that it was Orlov who informed the investigation about the crime committed by Boluchevsky, and his passport was seized from him. The defenders asked to refuse guard, or choose house arrest.
“The court refused the investigation because the arguments for the guards turned out to be unfounded, the evidence was not presented to the court, they are the investigator’s assumptions. Thus, only the gravity of the crime remains,” the press service of the courts noted.
According to the investigation, the head of the district administration, together with the former head of the finance committee and unidentified persons, with the help of documents, where knowingly false information was entered about the repairs in buildings in Vyborg, transferred more than 700 million rubles from the district budget to the accounts of controlled legal entities, and then stole this money.
After Boluchevsky was detained in September, the district administration reported that he had been fired, and the ex-official allegedly needed part of the stolen money to pay for his post in the Moscow mayor’s office. In October, Orlov resigned due to the arrest of Boluchevsky, but regional deputies did not accept it, calling it “premature.”
Changes were made to the news (21:03 Moscow time) – details were added in 4-6 paragraphs.
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