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The court confiscated the assets of the former speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Primorye Sergei Sopchuk

The court confiscated the assets of the former speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Primorye Sergei Sopchuk
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The court confiscated the assets of the former speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Primorsky Territory and State Duma deputy Sergei Sopchuk. The Prosecutor General's Office found that he was illegally engaged in business as a government official, withheld information and obstructed the investigation.

As the Kommersant, the court recognized as legitimate the demands of the prosecutor's office to recover from Sopchuk a share in the Terney Zoloto company, which could bring income to the state in 38 billion rubles. Testimony against the deputy was given by his partner - a former State Duma deputy and formerly the first vice-governor of the Primorsky Territory Vasily Usoltsev, who also had no right to engage in commercial activities.

According to the investigation, from 2011 to 2020, Sergei Sopchuk invested more than one billion rubles in the development of the Salyut and Primorskoe gold and silver deposits - the Terney Zoloto company. He transferred almost 100% of the company's shares to his sister Lyudmila Stukova. The transfer was fictitious: Stukova could not deal with business, since from 1994 to 2019 she worked in Ussuriysk in the branch of the territorial fund of the OMS Primorye.

The prosecutor's office accused the owners of the company of concealment and secret enrichment. The invested funds helped Terney Zoloto to get gold-bearing areas for development, as well as to find reserves of gold and silver for more than 38,5 billion rubles using geo-exploration.

The court found that Sergei Sopchuk grossly violated the legislation on corruption, submitted incomplete declarations of income and property. He also obstructed the investigation: during the search, he took away four folders with financial and business documents from "APP Poltavka", LLC "Terney Zoloto" and LLC "Rest complex" Mayak "", after which he disappeared. The court recognized as legitimate the demand of the Prosecutor General's Office to recover the shares of Sopchuk and Usoltsev in the Terney Zoloto company in favor of the state.


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