Brother of Vladivostok Mayor also became defendant in criminal case
In Vladivostok, the brother of Igor Pushkarev, the Mayor of the city, was arrested and taken into custody.
Andrei Pushkarev, the Head of the company Vostokcement, was arrested the other day in Vladivostok. Pushkarev’s lawyer Dmitry Korotenko has already confirmed this fact and said that the detention was carried out as a part of the criminal investigation against his brother.
The defense lawyer appealed to the Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika with a request for the release of Andrei Pushkarev from custody for health reasons. On the night of the celebration of the New Year ’s Eve 2015, during the launch of firecrackers, one of them hit Andrei Pushkarev’s face. This resulted in a partial amputation of the soft tissues of the face. From January 2015 to June 2016, Pushkarev has gone through 22 surgeries, 19 of which were carried out under general anesthesia. Currently, Pushkarev takes food via special technology. In view of all these circumstances, Pushkarev’s lawyer wants his client to be put under house arrest.
In 2009, Andrei Pushkarev headed "Vostokcement" LLC. The company now consists of many legal entities working in the construction industry: "Spasskcement", "Teploozersky cementny zavod" in the Jewish Autonomous Region, "Drobilno-sortirovochny zavod" and "Vladivostoksky butoschebenochny zavod".
The company is a cement supplier for very large construction sites, such as the cosmodrome Vostochny, Nizhne-Bureyskaya hydroelectric power station, shipyard Zvezda, the enterprises of the diamond and gold mining in Yakutia, TTP in Sovetskaya Gavan in the Khabarovsk Region, the construction of the Sakhalin area. The company employs about 5000 people. Apart from Andrei, another brother Pushkarev, Vladimir, manages the company. The mayor himself in 2000 headed the company Spasskcement which subsequently came under the control of Vostokcement.
Photo: Igor Pushkarev
According to the investigation, Igor Pushkarev for 5 years (from 2009 to 2014), using the official position, "forced" the company Dorogi Vladivostoka to purchase construction materials from Vostokcement at inflated prices. As a result of these machinations, Igor Pushkarev "earned" at least 45 million rubles. In addition, the Mayor’s accomplice Lushnikov, having received 1.4 million rubles from Pushkarev, organized the purchase of materials from Vostokcement for the repair and maintenance of roads in Vladivostok.
On June 2, the Basmanny Court of Moscow took the accused Igor Pushkarev and Andrei Lushnikov into custody until July 31. The accused are currently being held in Moscow. According to preliminary information, they are soon to be joined by Andrei Pushkarev.
Recently, the FSB officers visited the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Primorsky District of St. Petersburg. The operatives of the Department M came to the police officers accompanied by the investigator and the search warrant. They were looking for evidence on the fact of falsification of a criminal case. However, a similar situation for the Primorsky Regional Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs is more likely to be a regular show: the staff of the administration and its superiors have appeared in high-profile criminal cases as defendants far too often.