Tag: Extortion
Inskoy mine precedent: can state help business in order to prevent social unrest?
This year, Miner's Day was marked by Russian president who said that the Federal Security Service (FSB) would join the efforts aimed at overcoming barriers on the way of increasing coal exports. However, usually law enforcement agencies get interested in coal business for completely different reasons. The situation with the Inskoy mine in the Kuzbass region is a vivid example of this practice. The mine was on its way to bankruptcy when its employees went on a strike. Regional authorities did their best to prevent a social unrest but were later accused of an attempted raid attack on the mine. RAPSI has studied all the details of this story, the chronology of which was published on Tayga.info website that is closely watching after it.
Ex-senior Kuzbass officials, investigators go on trial over Inskoy mine extortion
Former senior officials from the administration of the Kuzbass region, employees of Russia's Investigative Committee regional branch go on trial at the Central Kemerovo city court along with businessman Alexander Shchukin and his lawyer Gennady Vernigor. All of them face criminal charges of participating in an extortion of a controlling stake in Inskoy open-cut coal mine while there is also an episode linked to a bribe to the head of the Investigative Committee office in the Kemerovo region.