Brother of Vladivostok Mayor charged with influence peddling
Andrey Pushkarev has been charged on suspicion of influence peddling.
The detained brother of the Vladivistok mayor, Andrey Pushkarev, has been charged with an offense under art. 204 para. 4 of the Russian Criminal Code (influence peddling committed by a group of persons by prior agreement).
As a reminder, the mayor of Vladivostok Igor Pushkarev stands accused of abuse of power and influence peddling (art. 285 para. 3 of the Russian Criminal Code and art. 204 para. 3 of the Russian Criminal Code). According to investigators, Pushkarev sold at an inflated price the building materials of the Vostoktsement Company to the company of his accomplice Andrey Lushnikov, Dorogi Vladivostoka (Roads of Vladivostok). This way the mayor managed to earn at least 45 million rubles.
On June 2, the Basmanny Court of Moscow arrest Igor Pushkarev and Andrey Lushnikov (the latter is accused of influence peddling under art. 204 para. 3 of the Russian Criminal Code) and placed them in custody until July 31. At the moment, they remain in Moscow. According to preliminary information, soon Andrey Pushkarev will join them, though his lawyer insists on house arrest for his client, motivating it by his state of health.
Last week, the entire world has celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Internet. In the meantime, the Russian legislators have adopted new laws restricting the development of the Russian-speaking segment of the world wide web. The 'fake news' and 'internet insults' laws adopted under the pretext of protecting the society from manipulations and threat, including external ones, violate the Constitution and some federal laws in relation to the right to search for, obtain, and use information. Furthermore, the bill on ‘sovereign Internet’ passed in the first reading by the State Duma leads us directly to self-isolation.