Video filmed at a business meeting. A woman who is very similar to the head of Ugra, 67-year-old Natalya Komarova, talks about the principles of a corruption scheme – how to plunder budget money for long-term construction. Her interlocutor, presumably, was the speaker of the city council of Kogalym, Alla Govorisheva.
“I would like to make changes in terms of tightening the law so that the contractor strictly observes the construction deadlines,” the interlocutor complained.
“No change needed,” the woman who looked like the governor snapped. — Do you know that every time in the course of deep study we come to ourselves, the municipality or the regional state? Because we have such fun, a game – we develop design and estimate documentation immediately in such a way that in two months we stop construction and redo the design and estimate documentation. Everything is down there.
Having said this, she immediately turned to the organizers of the broadcast: “Did you turn everything off?” After that, the recording ended.
When the video was leaked to the Web, Governor Natalya Komarova became a celebrity. She herself has not yet commented on the incident. Some regional media came to her defense. Allegedly, telegram channels launched a “large-scale campaign” against her in order to “cause reputational damage to the image,” but in fact, Komarova’s words are just sarcasm.
An investigator who specializes in corruption and economic crimes explained to Life the meaning of this scheme.
– The presence of long-term construction in the region allows you to receive budget money from the federal center for construction programs. Money can be scrolled in banks or other projects and earn interest from them in your pocket. And unused funds can be legally returned to the federal treasury in a year. It’s all perfectly legal. Only equity holders and those on the waiting list suffer from this scheme, ”the economic investigator told Life.
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Natalya Komarova was born in the Pskov region and studied in Bulgaria, which suggests that she is not from a simple Soviet family. In the seventies, she graduated from the Kommunarsky Mining and Metallurgical Institute. In the eighties, she worked in the city executive committee of Novy Urengoy, a city that is called the “capital of gas workers.” She was mayor there in the nineties. In the 2000s, Komarova was a deputy from the Yamalo-Nenets district in the State Duma. In 2010, she became the governor of Yugra.
Several scandals are associated with the name of Natalia Komarova. In 2015, the Central Bank did not allow the Khanty-Mansiysk non-state pension fund, the board of trustees of which she then headed, to the guarantee system. The reason: a significant share of pension reserves was invested in units of closed-end Mutual Investment Funds (UIFs), the book value of which turned out to be overstated by about 4 billion rubles.
Many questions arose for Komarova when, in 2014, VIS Infrastructure, an offshore company, won a competition from the government of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug for the construction of a clinical perinatal center in Surgut. The value of the contract amounted to 18 billion rubles. Construction was to be completed in 2018. But they handed over the clinic three years later. Life spoke to a builder who was involved in this project.
— This project was done so-so. Someone stirs up something somewhere, and the builders get out and build, build. For me, it looks like flaws in the project documentation, but I don’t know if they did it on purpose or by accident, ”the builder expressed his opinion.
In the summer of 2022, the regional authorities, through the public procurement website, were looking for a contractor to complete the construction of a troubled house in Nefteyugansk at the address: microdistrict 16a, house 53. The initial price is 708.5 million rubles. It was planned to introduce a high-rise building in 2016. It is possible that a dubious scheme could be used here, allowing you to earn money on long-term construction.
Earlier, activists of the “All-Russian People’s Front” noticed an overestimation of the cost of building kindergartens in Ugra. So, in the norms of the Federal Agency for Construction and Housing and Utilities, one place in a kindergarten is estimated at 1 million rubles. And the authorities of the region included in the contracts the cost of construction of one place at 2.27 million rubles.
Governor’s family and property
According to the submitted declarations, Natalia Komarova has an apartment of 186.2 m2 and a parking space of 12.7 m2 in Moscow. She has owned this property since she was a State Duma deputy. When Komarova became governor, she received a cottage with an area of 459.3 squares for use. Over the past dozen years, the head of the region has earned 45 million rubles, which is about 314 thousand per month.
Life found the declared assets of the official. Her metropolitan apartment, worth about 60 million rubles, is located in the Ostrov club residential complex, located in the Tyoply Stan landscape reserve, next to Troparevsky Park. The territory is guarded. For residents of the house there is an underground parking, a children’s pool, a fitness room, an indoor football field, billiards, a sauna.
In Khanty-Mansiysk, Natalya Komarova lives next to the administration building in an elite mansion on Chekhov Street. On the map, this building is marked as the residence of the governor. Fenced and tiled 15 acres. At the entrance to the checkpoint. The house itself is three-story, not counting the attic, basement and basement. According to the cadastral map, its area is 744 square meters – that is, one and a half times more than the footage indicated in the declaration.
Residence of Natalia Komarova
Judging by the bases, Natalya Komarova, when she is in Moscow, can live in the capital representation of Yugra. This is a historic mansion in Starokonyushenny Lane. Despite the fact that this building is considered an administrative building, apartments were sold there several years ago. Small size cost over 30 million rubles.
Few of the inhabitants of Ugra saw the governor’s spouse. This is a rock musician, ex-soloist of the group Rack 2 Vadim Komarov. She divorced him a couple of years later, as she headed the region. From the ex-husband, the governor has two adult daughters.
The eldest, 44-year-old Natalie, has been working as a lawyer in the Moscow branch of the Northgas oil and gas company since the 2000s. This is a Yamal-Nenets holding with headquarters in Novy Urengoy. Recall that her mother represented YaNAO in the State Duma, and in the capital of gas workers she was the mayor. Natalie lives on Udaltsova Street in a solid modern residential complex “Quarter on Leninsky”. Near Udaltsovsky ponds, parks Vorontsovsky and the 50th anniversary of October. The cost of three-room apartments, like hers, here reaches 100 million rubles.
The youngest, 39-year-old Irina, works as a journalist in St. Petersburg. She has two addresses. A four-room apartment in a renovated pre-revolutionary building (F.F. Ertel’s profitable house) on Chekhov Street – an approximate price of 40 million rubles. As well as apartments for 73 square meters in the elite new building of the residential complex “Imperial” on Kievskaya Street – the cost is over 20 million. She also has Moscow housing – a three-ruble note in the business-class residential complex “Champion Park” near the Olympic Village. There are three large parks nearby. Such real estate will cost more than 50 million rubles.
Another premium address may be associated with the governor’s family – a three-ruble note worth over 35 million rubles in a stalinka on Kutuzovsky Prospekt.