MOSCOW, January 25 (Itar-Tass) — The Investigative Committee /SK/ opened a criminal case against former head of the Interior Ministry's information department Oleg Aksyonov, who is accused of fraud, SK spokesman Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass. Aksyonov is currently director of an Agriculture Ministry department.
"On Wednesday, the SK's main office initiated criminal proceedings against director of the department for state policy in the agro-industrial sector and information under the Ministry of Agriculture Oleg Aksyonov, and against co-owner of RusInformServis news agency Alexei Trushin and other unidentified persons under Article 159, Part 4 of Russia’s Criminal Code /"fraud"/, Markin said.
Investigators said "Aksyonov, who earlier occupied the post of director of the Interior Ministry’s information department in the rank of Major-General, together with Trushn and other persons, committed a large fraud in collusion, which caused significant damage to a citizen."
In the period from 2090 through 2010, they committed, through fraud and abuse of trust, a theft of property - 500,000 dollars /15,126,595 roubles/ - belonging to the founder of Trodat M and Trodat XXI.
The injured party's testimony proves the involvement of Aksyonov and Trushin in the crime they have been accused of, along with other evidence and proofs, according to Markin.
The criminal case was opened on the strength of the materials gathered by the Federal Security Service. Investigators will interact with detectives in probing the criminal case, the SK representative said.
"At present, searches are underway at Askyonov's apartment and in his office; Trushin's apartment is also searched with the view of retrieving items, documents or valuables which might have significance for the criminal case.
"Other investigative actions are being taken to ascertain all the circumstances of the commission of the crime," the spokesman said.