18 January 2018, Thursday, 18:56

Fugitive mayor of Angarsk, Russia, hid out in Belarus


The governor of the city of Angarsk Vladimir Zhukov, who was hiding out from investigators, has been detained in Belarus.

The official is suspected of budget funds embezzlement. It has been informed by Interfax with a reference to the representative of the Investigation Committee of Russia in Irkutsk region Karina Golovacheva.

On March 27 during the search investigators found 600 000 rubles in the office of Vladimir Zhukov. On the same day the mayor was hospitalized for a heart attack. He checked out four days later without authorization.

On April 1 he left for Ulan Ude, and then flew to Moscow.

The press-service of Angarsk administration informed that Zhukov stayed at Bakulev Scientific Center for Cardiovascular Surgery in Moscow, where he underwent a heart surgery. On April 30 the mayor had the second operation, and after that as his administration stated, he needed a course at a rehabilitation clinic. However, as investigators found out later, Zhukov visited Crimea over this period, and he signed an agreement on cooperation between Angarsk and Alushta. Later Zhukov returned to the hospital, and he was discharged from the hospital on May 7. Since that time his whereabouts was unknown.

Meanwhile, back on April 30 Zhukov was placed on a federal wanted list by investigators. The acting mayor Svetlana Kazhaeva, who is a suspect in the same criminal cases, stays under house arrest now.