Corruption scandal in Lukashenka's Administrative Department
9:35, — Politics
The Belarusian KGB initiated a criminal case against the Main Economic Department at the Presidential Administrative Department.
The State Security Committee (KGB) began an inquiry over corruption links in the Main Economic Department (MED) at the Presidential Administrative Department.
The MED was founded in 1994 to maintain state property. It maintains administrative buildings (governmental bodies, Lukashenka's Administration, Council of Ministries, Lukashenka's Administrative Office, Security Council, State Control Committee, ministries, state committees, etc) in the capital and regional centres,
Having about 400 republic property items under its supervision, the MED is in fact the biggest developer in Belarus, which received most of the assets from the Soviet times. A part of property items is used as headquarters of republican government agencies, while a part is being rented out. The MED is also in charge of different civil defence shelters, which appeared in the centre of a corruption scandal.
As Yezhednevnik found out, a special commission was created in 2010 on order of the MED to examine and make further decisions regarding a large number of civil defence shelters as part of the programme to implement Lukashenka's instructions to draw unused property into economic circulation. Under the instruction, only the buildings with worn out engineering structures that fell into disrepair and lost useful qualities can be written off on a condition of impossibility of reconstruction. Besides, property can be written off in connection with construction, enhancement, reconstruction, technical re-equipment of organizations or separate buildings.
However, the commission wrote off over ten real estate items in a rather good condition. KGB's inquiry reveals that the objects were written off because deliberately false data were put into the appropriate documents. The KGB has not found the persons responsible for the offence, but has no doubts it is connected with corrupt practices. A criminal case over part 1 of article 427 of the Criminal Code of Belarus (forgery by an official) was opened.
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