The Moscow region Prosecutor’s office after the appeal of the representatives of the organization “transparency” established the fact of a possible conflict of interests the Chairperson of the Committee on prices and tariffs of the Moscow region (Mosoblkomtsen) Maria Pichugina, which in December 2018 signed an order on increase of tariffs for electricity for the region’s residents that could lead to increased profits for the firm of her former husband.
The results of the Supervisory review, the regional Prosecutor’s office in February reported the first Vice-Governor of the Moscow region Ildar Gabdrakhmanov. However, the data of the Supervisory authority, the official Pichugin still holds office in Mosoblasti, a division of the government of the Moscow region. Although, according to the law, the unresolved conflict of interests of officials assumes punishment in the form of the dismissal with the phrase “loss of confidence”.
The Committee on prices and tariffs of the Moscow region (Mosoblkomtsen) Maria Pichugin headed by November 2018. A month after her appointment she signed a decree about establishment of tariffs for electricity, which directly affects the revenue of retail companies. Then, in December 2018, Mosoblkomtsen under the direction of Pichugina approved tariffs for housing and communal services: new year, they rose 1.7%, and in the summer they should grow 3.3–3.7 percent, reported “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”.
One of the energy firms the Moscow region is the company “Mosenergosbyt”. According to “transparency,” the CEO of this company may be the former husband of Pichugina, Andrei Kovalev, from which the official has a child. Mosenergosbyt has 13 regional offices and is one of the largest energy companies in the Moscow region.
For the company “Mosenergosbyt” by order of the Pichugina has installed the biggest sales increase. “It means that Kovalev will earn on the supply of electricity in the house the suburbs more than others. The fact that the Chairman of the structural unit of the government of the Moscow region claims to sales allowance, affecting the income of the company of the father of the child, suggests a possible personal interest of the Pichugina,” sure “transparency”.
In a press-service of the Committee on prices and tariffs of the Moscow region are unable to provide a prompt review. Contact Maria Pichugina the also failed, her assistant wrote down the phone by our correspondent, promising to call back later.