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The head of the Ministry of Forestry was replaced in Primorye
A new head of the Ministry of Forestry has been appointed in the Primorsky Territory. It was Konstantin Stepanov, a former federal inspector for Primorye.
As the InterfaxValentin Karpenko, who headed the regional forestry ministry for more than three years, stepped down amid reports of abuse in the department at the end of 2020.
From 2013 to 2017, Konstantin Stepanov headed the department of promising nature management and forest management in the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East, worked in the forest management of the government of the Khabarovsk Territory, the Far Eastern Research Institute of Forestry. In 2017-2019, he was a federal inspector for the Khabarovsk Territory. Since February 2019, he has held the position of the chief federal inspector for the Primorsky Territory.
At the end of last year it became known that illegal logging in the amount of more than 900 million rubles was found in the Primorsky Territory. The investigation opened a criminal case against employees of the regional forestry department for abuse of authority.
In 2019, in Vladivostok, a court found the former director of the Primorye forestry department, Vladimir Ivanov, guilty of accepting a bribe on an especially large scale. In the summer of 2016, Ivanov proposed to a representative of several logging companies for a bribe to extend the lease period for forest plots... He will spend four years in a maximum security penal colony.