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T Plus ex-head arrested for 2 months in bribery case

September 07, 18:49 UTC+3 SYKTYVKAR
Ex-head of the major energy provider T Plus Boris Vainzikher and Yevgeny Olkhovik, co-owner of the Renova Group, were detained in connection with suspicious payments of more than $12.3 million
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Boris Vainzikher

Boris Vainzikher

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SYKTYVKAR, September 7. /TASS/. The city court of Syktyvkar, the capital of the Russian Komi Republic, on Wednesday issued a warrant to arrest the former general director of the major energy provider T Plus Boris Vainzikher for two months.

Vainzikher and Yevgeny Olkhovik, co-owner of the Renova Group, were detained in connection with suspicious payments of more than 800 million rubles ($12.3 million) to former top officials in the Komi Republic between 2007 and 2014.

Olkhovik was also put under two-month arrest earlier on Wednesday. The third suspect in this bribery case, Mikhail Slobodin, the former head of the Russian unit of the global telecommucation company, VimpelCom Ltd., was put on the federal wanted list.

Slobodin, who is also a suspect in this bribery case, is currently residing abroad. On September 5, VimpelCom Ltd. said it had accepted the resignation of Slobodin, who had worked for the company since 2013.

Last year, 15 high-ranking officials from the Komi Republic, including its governor, Vyacheslav Gaizer, were charged with organizing a criminal network and committing fraud, and were subsequently arrested by a Moscow court.

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