A recent spate of dismissals and criminal cases against high-ranking Crimean officials can be seen as the inevitable consequence of change as the Black Sea region adjusts to life under the Russian system, analysts told The Moscow Times on Thursday.
In the past week, investigations have been opened against two top officials on the peninsula. Nikolai Kochanov, who heads the federal tax inspectors service for Crimea, was put under house arrest on Thursday after being caught red-handed giving a 300,000 ruble ($5,300) bribe to a police officer three days earlier, the regional branch of the Investigative Committee said in an online statement.
His arrest came after Andrei Skrynnik, the regional minister in charge of industrial policy on the peninsula, was detained Monday on suspicion of helping to misappropriate more than 48 million rubles ($867,000) tied up in a Crimea-owned cooperative, the RIA Novosti news agency cited law enforcement officials as saying.
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