Author: Yevgenia Ivankova
THE CONTRACT FAILED. NOW WHAT? - For Now, Former Leninsk-Kuznetsky Mayor Gennady Konyakhin Plans to Return Only to Business. (By Yevgenia Ivankova. Nezavisimaya gazeta, Nov. 20, 1998, p. 2. Condensed text:) Kemerovo - After spending a year in Kemerovo's pretrial detention center, on Nov. 18, 1998, Leninsk-Kuznetsky Mayor Gennady Konyakhin was released from custody in the courtroom of the Leninsk-Kuznetsky Court with a laughable penalty - a four-year suspended sentence. The prosecution, in the person of the prosecutor's office, announced in great consternation that it was not satisfied with the sentence and would file an appeal. [According to newspapers for Nov. 26, the Kemerovo Province Prosecutor's Office filed an appeal on Nov. 25, asking for a review of all decisions in the case as "too lenient."] . . .
A little over a year ago, an article appeared in Izvestia on the terrible criminal from Leninsk-Kuznetsky, the corpses he'd had encased in concrete and his privatization of state property, notably the premises of the local covered market. And - this is what was played up the most - the penetration of government by organized crime. There was a huge uproar.1 . . . Examining the documents at the city property committee, NG followed the chain of events by which the Konyakhin affair unfolded, and it became clear that the former mayor of Leninsk-Kuznetsky was unpopular with the province authorities, since he beat [Governor] Aman Tuleyev's protege in the mayoral election in that small Kuznetsk Basin city. Moreover, Konyakhin was disliked by competitors because of his network of stores and other commercial organizations. He was also disliked by local criminal groups that were dividing up spheres of influence in both the city and the coal industry. . . . So Mayor Konyakhin was caught in a bind, finding himself the enemy of both the authorities and the underworld. And that is what led to the criminal case. . . ...
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|Article Title||THE CONTRACT FAILED. NOW WHAT? - For Now, Former Leninsk-Kuznetsky Mayor Gennady Konyakhin Plans to Return Only to Business|
|Source||Current Digest of the Russian Press, The , No.47, Vol.50, December 23, 1998, page(s):16-16|
|Place of Publication||Minneapolis, USA|