Officials of MTZ and BELAZ detained

    According to the telegram channel of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, seven top managers of MTZ (Minsk Tractor Works) and BelAZ (Belarusian automobile plant) have been detained in Belarus.

    “Large-scale criminal activities of top managers in the heavy industry sector were revealed by filed investigators from the group on combating economic crimes of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Minsk region. Numerous facts of receiving bribes in the form of cash and real estate for winning tenders for the supply of expensive equipment, timely payment for goods, were duly documented”, – the message says.

    It clarifies that for conspiracy purposes bribes were disguised as fictitious loan agreements as well as real estate sale and purchase contracts.

    “Seven persons named in the investigation were apprehended in flagrante delicto. About $100 thousand were seized. The Investigative Committee initiated criminal cases over charges of bribery on an especially large scale. A preventive measure in the form of detention has been applied to the crime syndicate members”, – the ministry reports.

    Investigative actions are continuing to establish other episodes of the criminal activities of the persons involved in the case.