MIA of Russia detectives have completed investigation of criminal case on illegal logging of forest plantations

Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs in English

“Detectives of the Investigation Unit of the GA for Investigation of the MIA of Russia GA for the Krasnoyarsk Territory completed the preliminary investigation of a criminal case on the illegal logging of forest plantations on a large scale.
As a result of operational and preventive measures, staff of the Division for Economic Security and Combating the Corruption (ES&CC) of the MIA of Russia Inter-Municipal Division “Yemelyanovsky” established that in the period from February to March 2018, two previously convicted men, born in 1983 and 1977, by prior agreement had illegally logged trees in the territory of the “Bolshe-Kemchugsky” reserve complex in the Krasnoyarsk Territory.
According to the investigators, in January 2018, the leadership of a commercial organization concluded with the district forestry a contract on provision of paid services of clearing forest plantations. However, in violation of the rules established by the state natural reserve, and the terms of the contract, representatives of the company in the indicated area carried out a clear cutting of more than 98 hectares of the forest. The damage caused to the forest fund of the Russian Federation amounted to over 131 million rubles, the total amount of illegally harvested wood exceeded three thousand cubic meters.
One of the defendants was detained immediately, the other hid from the investigation, was declared wanted and was detained in November 2018 by the police. Within the criminal case, a significant amount of investigative actions was carried out, inspections of the scene of the accident in a remote and difficult to reach area were carried out, 15 searches were conducted. Illegally harvested wood was seized in full.
The criminal case against the suspects in committing a crime under part 3 of Article 260 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation was sent to the Yemelyanovsky District Court of the Krasnoyarsk Territory for consideration on the merits,” said the official representative of the Russian MIA Irina Volk.