According to the investigators, Shambir illegally removed over 42 million rubles (€880.000) from the joint stock company KOMZ (Kandalaksha Developmental Engineering Plant) while serving as General Director at the plant from 2007 to 2009, B-port writes.
According to Shambir himself, the criminal case came as an “expected surprise”. “I heard about the criminal case from the media”, he says to B-port. “I am sorry to notice that this story is taking a political turn, and it is quite obvious where it all is coming from. I would like everything to be settled in court, just to put the matter to rest.”
“I cannot interpret the widely spread information about the accusations against my person in any other way as a continuous campaign of power politics directed against me”, Shambir says in a statement to the press. He has not been informed personally about any criminal charges and continues to work as chairman of the Duma.
The company is closing down its biggest mine in the Kola Peninsula following plummeting raw material prices. Consequences will be dramatic for Zapolyarny, the industrial town located along the border to Norway.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
“This sends a clear message to Russia that things aren’t so good when it comes to basic journalistic values in Norway either” The firing of BarentsObserver’s Editor Thomas Nilsen has led to massive reactions from journalists and other protectors of press freedom.