Apr 19, 2021
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Party card at the price of a water park

Photo: Deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Oleg Kolesnikov

In the photo: Deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Oleg Kolesnikov (Photo: website

United Russia was rendered a phenomenal disservice in the upcoming State Duma elections. In the Chelyabinsk region, a current deputy and businessman was approved as a candidate Oleg Kolesnikov… Partaigenosse has not been stopped by low ratings, billions of dollars in debt in litigation with creditors and, possibly, a criminal record. According to media reports, the region exchanged parliamentary immunity and political resources for the construction of a water park.

From prison to the Duma

According to sources of the Versiya publication, in the 90s, the future deputy and member of the State Duma Committee on Security and Combating Corruption (!) Was allegedly under three articles of the Criminal Code: in 1995, a man with such a surname was arrested and spent several months in SIZO under Article 224 Part 2 of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR (sale and distribution of drugs), in 1996 convicted under Art. 162 part 2 of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR (engaging in prohibited types of individual activity), in 1999 – under Art. 171 part 2 p. A of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (illegal business). In his parliamentary questionnaires, he never mentions anything like that. However, in the event of a political scandal, some of Kolesnikov’s patrons will have to answer for the breakthrough of “crime to power.” And here the options for the respondents are possible: from the governor of the region Alexey Tekslera (concurrently head of the regional branch of “United Russia”) to the federal leadership of the party and the State Duma. So far, the explosion has not happened, and the odious United Russia member Kolesnikov plans to run for the Zlatoust district of the Chelyabinsk region. According to media reports, he “exchanged” the position of a candidate in the elections from “United Russia” in the region for a dubious promise to build a water park in Chelyabinsk.

Debts per billion

An ordinary citizen of our country cannot go abroad with debts of 30 thousand rubles. But Oleg Kolesnikov on his way to the State Duma, apparently, will not be stopped by debts of a billion. According to media reports, the United Russia family has long been associated with the bankrupt pharmacy chain Classic. There are more than 70 organizations in the register of its creditors today, whose claims amount to 1.3 billion rubles. The Kolesnikovs ‘suppliers set up a “Creditors’ Headquarters”, appealed to law enforcement agencies and the governor, pointing out the personal responsibility of the Kolesnikov family for the damage caused to them.

Another high-profile case is the history of the Healthy Farm company, in which construction contracts became one of the grounds for a criminal case against 15 managers. The “healthy farm” was associated by the media with the name of the deputy. As Pravda Ural Federal District noted in 2019, according to the investigation, these persons, being directors of various organizations included in the Healthy Farm, entered into contracts for the construction of agricultural facilities. After the completion of construction work and the commissioning of the facilities, no settlement was made with the contractors. The total damage caused to 9 commercial structures amounted to more than 120 million rubles, – stated in the official reports of the Chelyabinsk Prosecutor’s Office. Oleg Kolesnikov (until 2016, the structures affiliated with him owned Zdorovaya Ferma) was interrogated as part of this criminal case, but as a witness.

In 2016, Kolesnikov was also mentioned in connection with the criminal case “on the death of his assistant, a businessman Sergei Tseplukhovwho died under strange circumstances. ” “Tseplukhov was involved in one of the criminal cases of fraud with budgetary funds in the reimbursement of value added tax (VAT) to Kolesnikov’s firms. He was found dead in his home the day after he was released from the pre-trial detention center, where he testified against Kolesnikov. “, – reported the publication “Znak”, noting: “There is testimony from Tseplukhov against Kolesnikov as the head of an organized criminal community in a criminal case. He will no longer be able to refuse them in court or elsewhere. That is, the court will simply read out the testimony of Tseplukhov, and this can become strong evidence on the part of the prosecution “, said one of the Chelyabinsk lawyers.

Valuable frame of the party

Why does Moscow need Kolesnikov? At plenary sessions of the State Duma, he usually does not speak and votes “like everyone else,” which is very convenient. According to the declaration, he leads an ascetic lifestyle (the apartment is in “free use”, there is no car) – in our times it is priceless. Good luck for the party and good resources of the candidate on the territory: for so many years it is no laughing matter to dodge creditors’ “assaults”.

Another question is whether the region needs Kolesnikov? The deputy’s reputation, it seems, cannot be restored, the electoral positions are rather weak. In the previous elections, he almost “merged” the LDPR constituency: with a rival Sergey Weinstein they diverged, as they say, within the framework of an administrative error.

Be that as it may, behind the mandate of a State Duma deputy for the third convocation hides a person who, in our opinion, does not inspire confidence. At the same time, he is a member of the State Duma’s Security and Anti-Corruption Committee and, apparently, intends to remain in it.

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