Russian Boris Shalimov Scientologist Convicted

"Russian Official convicted 2 years 2 months for having spent govt money to send people in scientology" was posted 17 May 2006.

This is an update on Boris Shalimov, a Far East Russian district official who was caught several years ago sending workers to Hubbardist courses at government expense. It is revealed in recent news that his former district is to be one end of an oil pipeline. Previous articles give accounts of events leading up to his present predicament.

[the translator, thanks a lot to what he did! has collected a number of the articles of that story]]

In a different, unrelated 2006 case, former Russian Scientology student Viktor Kirienko was involved in the talks concerning Russia offering to provide Iran with enriched uranium for peaceful purposes

[Kirienko was prime minister for six months.]

* 5-16-06 Shalimov sentenced to two years two months
* 3-16-06 Simple Issues interview with Anatoliy Gaynutdinov, administration chief of the Skovorodinsky district
* 11-21-05 A visit to Boris Shalimov's holding cell
* 11-21-05 News in the criminal cases of former government officials
* 9-7-05 Boris Shalimov's criminal case not closed
* 7-29-05 Former Skovorodinsky district chief Boris Shalimov released from prison
* 7-27-05 Shalimov will not be released right away
* 7-25-05 Boris Shalimov in corrections center awaiting papers from capital
* 7-5-05 Supreme Court examines complaint by former head of Skovorodinsky district
* 6-2-05 Regional council upholds appeal to release Boris Shalimov
* 5-23-05 Boris Shalimov still under lock and key
* 4-18-05 Boris Shalimov detained illegally says lawyer
* 4-13-05 Skovorodinsky district judges refuse Shalimov case
* 3-16-05 Three Lawyers for Boris Shalimov
* 2-24-05 Boris Shalimov has not been at work this term
* 2-15-05 4,000 pages in Boris Shalimov's criminal case

May 16, 2006
Alpha Channel

Former chief of Skovorodinsky district in Amursky region Boris Shalimov has been sentenced to two years two months confinement in general population. The court's decision was released late yesterday evening.

Shalimov's criminal case was filed in 2004, when he was a deputy of the regional council of people's deputies and head of the Skovorodinsky district of Amursky region. The investigation established that 750,000 rubles were transferred from the district's budge to a Moscow company. Boris Shalimov was in a cell in Blagoveshchensk prison from January to July 2005, but then was released on condition he remain in the area. Shalimov gave his interpretation of the case against him on the "Simple Issues" program on Alpha channel in August 2005. The hearing for Shalimov's case in Skovorodinsky district court took place on Monday, continued for six extra hours and ended at almost 9 p.m. The former district chief was convicted on a total of three articles of the criminal code, two of which are classified as felonies: article 160, misappropriation of another's property, committed in performance of official duties; article 285, misuse of authority by agency head of local self-government; and article 289, illegal collaboration of government official with business operations.

In addition to that, the court decided Shalimov was libel to make up damages to the district budget in the amount of 641,000 rubles. He will not be able to hold a government position for two years.

From AlphaTV.Ru

Simple Issues

March 16, 2006

Anatoliy Gaynutdinov, administration chief of the Skovorodinsky district

Igor Gorevoi:

-- One of the richest districts of the Amursky region is the Skovorodinsky district. It is also one of the most notorious of recent times. Its former head, Boris Shalimov, is currently in custody as a flight risk. The current head, Anatoliy Gaynutdinov, is today's guest on the Simple Issues program.

-- Anatoliy Nurzagayanovich Gaynutdinov, how did the Skovorodinsky district suddenly become rich? Where do you make your money?

-- One can say that the first matter was to collect tax debts. There was a time when the railroad, for a long period, and not only with us, but with other districts too, did not pay their taxes. They were accumulating, and the first action we took was to send a statement to the transportation ministry and the transportation chief, now he's the president. The case was properly examined, and finances started to flow. We are starting to get something back.

-- While other districts have not managed to do this, you succeeded completely, and therefore the district is receiving large payments.

-- We went through a vast amount of correspondence besides. According to the vertical line of authority, by this I mean the Transportation Ministry, we sent in all the particulars so that taxes were easily settled. This was their debt. The debt was settled satisfactorily and successfully.

-- They say the former district chief was giddy with success. Possibly from this, too. And he began to criticize the governor too obviously and too frequently, perhaps to point out his faults. What a result this brought. You were Shalimov's first deputy. Is there any measure of truth in these rumors?

-- I think there is more speculation than truth to the matter.

-- Your prognosis on how the story will come to a close? Is it going to court now?

-- Yes it's going to court, starting this fall. The case will be a procedural decision, this is understandable. There they will listen to the other side, too. They will study the evidence. And there I'll appear as a witness. Now the two sides are engaged in debate. That means one side presents an argument and the other, the defense, defends his position. It's difficult to predict what is yet to come.

-- What is your prediction?

-- I think that nothing serious will happen there.

-- Today you hear about Skovorodino at the highest levels almost as often as Blagoveshchensk. This is in connection with construction of the "Taishet - Skovorodino - Pacific Ocean" oil pipeline. What has been done already in preparation for construction or research?

-- This project will require a lot of time. From 13 to 16 December, at the invitation of Transnefti, I and a delegation from the Amursky regional administration went to Omsk to familiarize ourselves with the existing network there, and with the existing system of supplying the oil pipeline. We also got together with general director Chemakiniy. Correspondingly, we had a press conference, where certain questions were asked. How is Skovorodinsky district affected? That the pipe will go all the way from Taishet to Skovorodino is understandable. The most natural point in this sector is Skovorodino. A huge terminal will be constructed there, judging from what we saw in Omsk. 150,000 tons of oil are permanently kept in Omsk. In Skovorodinsky district that will be 500,000 tones. This is a huge volume of oil that will be permanently stored, will be pumped into containers. A two-way spur track -- in different directions -- will be created as soon as possible. The line will be flowing constantly and, of course, by demand.

-- You are getting a lot of new labor positions. How many are you planning for?

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November 21, 2005

Journalists from AlphaTV.Ru managed to visit the holding cell where well-known city and regional men Boris Shalimov and Evgeniy Grigorev are in custody. Detention cell management does not usually tell journalists who is where. Actually, cell 237's current occupants were brought someplace else while the camera was rolling, and did not manage to give their opinion about their famous bunkmates. But correctional officers say that neither Boris Shalimov nor Evgeniy Grigorev were model prisoners.

The cell's occupants' sense of humor did not extend all the way inside. The "Welcome" sign on the mat made in China belies its goodwill and naiveté. But this is the only object here whose purpose is to create comfort. All the rest is standard and official.

This is not a VIP cell, the correctional officer specifies. They wanted to make a cell with a two-digit number, furnished like a hotel, with air conditioner, stuffed furniture and other odds and ends that would perhaps ease the burden of confinement, but that would take money, which they don't have. Therefore instead of the air conditioner they have the usual little fort: you start with a bit and get more. Relatives of the inmates brought in the refrigerator and the television. Actually, it is almost impossible to get them back. This is humanitarian aid which has been left for the brothers in need, says the corrections officer. Naturally the prison knows that there are famous people in this cell, but they do not do anything special for them. The only thing, they say in confinement, is that now these prisoners - intelligent people - are a rarity. They behave themselves and don't break the rules. The list of rules on the wall in the cell is old and yellow, but penciled in is an item about financial remuneration for work in the corrections system. After all, Shalimov and Grigorev were accused of financial crimes. On the whole, cell number 237 is the same as the rest in this building. Former duties and regalia somehow fade away behind the steel doors and grilled windows. The only people here are those restricted in freedom of movement.

November 21, 2005

News in the criminal cases of former government officials.

This week the criminal case concerning a former government official has been reborn. The city court changed the preventive detention for former chairman of the committee for municipal property administration Evgeniy Grigorev and released him from confinement, where he has been since the beginning of June. As a reminder, in May the prosecutor filed the criminal case against the former government official, specifying articles on fraud and negligence.

However the investigation did not manage to prove a number of violations that Grigorev had been accused of. He is also being detained as a flight risk. Nevertheless, they say, this does not affect the investigation for the days he spent in China with former first mayor of Blagoveshchensk Viktor Cheremisiniy. In the opinion of many observers, Evgeniy Grigorev's criminal case is a continuation of a conflict with old and new city management.

Still being detained as a flight risk is a former government official, former Skovorodinsky district head Boris Shalimov. He was accused under three articles of the criminal code: misappropriation of another's property, misuse of official authority and illicit collaboration in business activity.

Boris Shalimov's court hearing had been set for October 26, but was rescheduled for December because of illness of the accused's attorney. According to unofficial information, the defense is trying to gain time. Boris Shalimov has two lawyers, and the illness of one of them is said to be only a pretext to delay proceedings.


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