The Investigative Committee of Russia spent more than two years to bring the final indictment to the former “Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Crimea”, Vitaly Nakhlupin.

The well-known and influential collaborator is charged with two dozen episodes of bribes from entrepreneurs in the amount of more than 16 million rubles. The final indictment process took place in the Moscow “Lefortovo” Detention Center and took several hours. The case materials comprise about 100 volumes. At the same time, in the final version of the accusation, instead of one episode of bribery, incriminated to Nakhlupin from the very beginning, more than 20 appeared, and such total amount of bribes increased from the starting 5 million rubles.

Nakhlupin’s accomplices, former “Deputy Minister of Transport of the Republic of Crimea” and “Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister,” Yaroslav Slivka, also underwent a similar “cleansing” procedure [1].

“ARC” has already talked about Nakhlupin’s turbulent career [2]. Briefly, we recall that Nakhlupin met the Russian invaders in Crimea as relatives, and in September 2014 he took the position of “Chairman of the Committee” of the “State Council of the Republic of Crimea” “on economic, budgetary, financial and tax policy”.

In January 2016, Nakhlupin was appointed as the “Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Crimea”, and his sphere of responsibility was the work of the financial block of the occupiers’ “government”, he was also responsible for road construction and the implementation of the “federal target program of social and economic development of Crimea”.

Already in 2017, Nakhlupin declared numerous real estate units, in particular an elite house, registered for a child in the controlled territory of Ukraine. Six expensive cars appeared in its fleet: “MercedesBenz S550”, “Porsche 911”, “Porsche Cayenne”, “Toyota Camry”, “BMW X6” and “Volkswagen Touareg”.

Vitaly Nakhlupin was arrested on October 17, 2018 in Moscow on suspicion under Part 6 of Article 290 of the Russian Criminal Code (taking a bribe by an organized group on an especially large scale) [3].

The money in the amount of 5 million was transferred to the “adviser to the vice-premier” through the intermediary of Mr. Slivka under the control of the FSB, the businessman Elena Chernysheva, whose firm was engaged in consulting services and paperwork for contractors, receiving commissions if clients won tenders under the “federal target program for Crimea and Sevastopol”.

Note that all “criminal episodes” refer to the period from September 2017 to June 2018. According to the Investigative Committee, at this time the “Crimean Deputy Prime Minister” organized a corruption scheme, the essence of which was that contract work and funding from the “federal target development program” received only those companies that then paid for his support. According to the investigation, the “adviser” Slivka received kickbacks directly, and the “deputy minister of transport” controlled the execution of the instructions of his boss Nakhlupin [4].

It is worth adding to these rather well-known details that, even while in jail, Vitaly Nakhlupin remained for a long time “the Deputy-Chairman of the Republic’s Government.” The “decree on the resignation” of Nakhlupin was signed only together with the “resignation” of other “deputy prime ministers” as part of a complete change of the “government” held in November 2019 [1]. However, it is possible that the “especially responsible employees of the Crimean government” will be soon delivered into “Lefortovo” from Simferopol, within the framework of the next replacement by the Kremlin’s “replenishment”.

But we can once again sympathize only for the few Crimean residents who sincerely expected in 2014 something different from their “home harbor”.