Investigators enter Slavneft's central Moscow office

In the central office of Slavneft in Moscow, Central Federal District investigators are continuing seizure of documents, an operation conducted as part of a criminal case opened against company head Yuri Sukhanov, RIA Novosti was told at Moscow's interior department.

On April 30, 2002 the main investigation directorate of the Moscow interior department brought a case against the Slavneft management under Article 201 of the Russian Criminal Code -- abuse of office.

Early in June, the department's spokesman noted, "the criminal case against Sukhanov was passed to the Main Investigation Directorate of the Central Federal District". According to the spokesman, "the latest investigations in the Slavneft office have been occasioned by the company's "refusal to provide investigating bodies with all required documents in this case".

On Friday, RIA Novosti was told, company staff sent several petitions to Russian departments asking them to explain the situation surrounding Slavneft. Such letters were sent to the Property Ministry, the Interior Ministry, the Prosecutor-General's Office and the government.

From Thursday evening the entrance to the company's central office in Moscow was sealed by personnel of the Main Investigation Directorate of the Central Federal District. Company staff, including Sukhanov, cannot get inside.


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