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Ex-official of the Ministry of Industry and Trade left under arrest in the case of "Asia Forest"
The Khabarovsk Regional Court refused to release Vladimir Potapkin, a former official of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, from arrest. He is a defendant in a corruption case related to Asia Forest.
As the TASS, his lawyer tried to challenge the decision of the Central District Court of Khabarovsk to arrest the official, but the regional court dismissed the appeal. Vladimir Potapkin will remain in custody until March 18.
The ex-official was arrested on suspicion of receiving a bribe on an especially large scale in June 2019, at which time he was transferred to Khabarovsk. According to investigators, from 2016 to 2019, the former director of the department of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia received from the head of Asia Forest more 78 million rubles for patronage when receiving subsidies from the department.
According to investigators, "Asia Forest" received from the federal budget more than one billion rubles subsidies, while not fulfilling obligations on the development of woodworking in the Sunny region. The company also illegally cut down the forest by more than nine million rubles. The former director of the company became defendants in the case of abuse of authority and fraud Alexander Pudovkin and ex-deputy chairman of the regional government Vasily Shikhalev.