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$1M Found In Storchaks Apartment

Published: December 7, 2007 (Issue # 1330)


MOSCOW A prosecutor said Wednesday that $1 million in cash had been found in the apartment of Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak, who faces charges of attempting to embezzle $43 million.

The lead investigator in the case also told Rossiiskaya Gazeta that Storchak, who has denied any wrongdoing, had been detained on Nov. 15 to prevent him from fleeing the country.

A sum equivalent to $1 million was found in Storchaks apartment, Dmitry Dovgy, an official in the Investigative Committee of the Prosecutor Generals Office, told Rossiiskaya Gazeta.

Storchak has been charged along with two businessmen in relation to a failed attempt to recover a debt owed by Algeria. He faces up to 10 years in jail if convicted. The Finance Ministry declined to comment.

I repeat that there is sufficient proof of the guilt of the deputy minister, Dovgy said, according to a version of the Rossiiskaya Gazeta story published on the papers web site Wednesday.

Storchak, the countrys foreign-debt negotiator and supervisor of the $144 billion stabilization fund, failed to convince judges on Monday to release him from prison while under investigation.

The Prosecutor Generals Office said earlier Wednesday that they would not press charges against Storchak in relation to a separate case concerning a debt deal struck with Kuwait.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, Sept. 18


Get your nerd on at Boomfest, St. Petersburgs answer to the United States popular ComicCon. Starting today, this international festival of comics will take over venues throughout the city center and includes exhibitions of comics and illustrations, film screenings, competitions and the chance to meet the genres authors, artists and experts.



Friday, Sept. 19


SPIBAs newest addition to their Cultural Discoveries events is Handmade in Germany, an exhibition featuring unique handmade objects of a significantly higher quality than mass-produced items. The work of over 100 German manufacturers will be displayed during the event, which opens today in the Lutheran Church of Saint Peter and Paul on Nevsky Prospekt and runs through Sept. 28.



Saturday, Sept. 20


Starting on Sept. 18 and ending tomorrow is the Extreme Fantasy Wakeboarding Festival in Sunpark by Sredny Suzdalskoye lake in the Ozerki region of the city.


Those after something more laid back can instead head to Jazz and Wine night at TerraVino with legendary jazz guitarist Ildar Kazahanov. 12/14 Admiralteyskaya Emb.



Sunday, Sept. 21


Learn more about African culture and get some exercise during todays Djembe and Vuvuzela, a bike ride starting in Palace Square that includes several stops where riders can listen to the music of Africa or watch short films about the continent. The riders plan to set off at 4 p.m. and all you need to join is a set of wheels.



Monday, Sept. 22


Do you love puppetry? If so, then be sure to go to BTK-Fest, a five-day festival that starts on Sept. 19 celebrating the art. Contemporaries from France, Belgium, the U.K. and other countries will join Russian artists to put on theatrical performances involving a variety of themes, materials and eras. Workshops and meetings are also scheduled for a chance to discuss the artistic medium in further depth.



Tuesday, Sept. 23


Marina Suhih, Director of the External Communications Department at Rostelecom North-West, and Yana Donskaya, HR Director for Northern Capital Gateway are just some of the confirmed participants of todays round table discussion on Interaction with Trade Unions being hosted by SPIBA. Confirm your attendance with SPIBA by Sept. 22.


Kino Expo 2014, an international film industry convention, will be at LenExpo from today until Sept. 26. The third largest exhibition of film equipment in the world, the expo focuses on not only Russia but former Soviet republics as well.



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