MTP DIRECTOR PLACED IN PRE-TRIAL CONFINEMENT 11:18, 08/01/2002
Director of the Minsk Tractor Plant Mikhail Leonov is charged over the “power abuse, leading to disastrous consequences” (art.166/2 of the Criminal code) and “negligence, resulting in the infliction of large-scale damage” (art.168). Mikhail Leonov was locked in the confinement center. Today the law-enforcers searched Leonov’s car and office, as well as studied his documents. Earlier today they also dismissed him from his post. Concerning the Criminal code’s articles, which Leonov is accused of violating, the press-secretary of the Belarusian procuracy general Aleksei Taranov noted that “it is a temporary phenomenon that they only brought up two charges against MTP director”.
Director of the Minsk tractor plant Mikhail Leonov was detained Monday night when trying to depart from Belarus, reports Reuters with a reference to the procuracy official. Leonov was allegedly detained on a train en route to Russia. Moreover, the law-enforcers found phony documents on him. Over the past two months the procuracy, Committee for state control, KGB and police have been examining the situation at the USSR’s biggest tractor manufacturer although no accusations have been brought personally against Leonov.
Persecution of “unreliable” directors and the repartition of financial flows is quickly picking up speed.