Police search at Gazprom subsidiary's office related to embezzlement case - ministry

The police officers that conducted a search of Gazprom mezhregiongaz Perm's office on Tuesday found the documents they needed for a criminal investigation involving millions of rubles in embezzlement.

"On Feb. 26, the investigator, with the assistance of police officers from the Russian Interior Ministry for the Perm territory, conducted a search at Gazprom mezhregiongaz Perm pursuant to Article 182 of the Russian Criminal Code in order to detect and seize documents and magnetic media containing information of value for a criminal investigation," the regional ministry said in a Wednesday press release.

A ministry employee was unable to give Interfax information as to whether the desired documents had been found.

As reported, law enforcement officers visited Gazprom's Perm-based subsidiary on Tuesday to conduct a search.

Sources in law enforcement agencies told Interfax that the searches have to do with a criminal case filed by the police against the Gazprom subsidiary's former manager, ex-deputy of the Legislative Assembly of the Perm territory Andrei Agishev.

According to the territorial Interior Ministry's website, a criminal case was filed for a crime envisaged in Chapter 4, Article 160 of the Russian Criminal Code (large-scale embezzlement from a company through abuse of office).

The investigation indicates that over 25 million rubles in damages were caused to Gazprom mezhregiongaz Perm.

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