Ex-head of For Justice party unseated, referred to psychiatrist; BMW and over $400.000 attached

Ex-head of For Justice party unseated, referred to psychiatrist; BMW and over $400.000 attached
Alexander Smekhov (right-hand) Photo: Fontanka.ru

Alexander Smekhov is accused of attempted fraud.

Alexander Smekhov, the former St. Petersburg head of the For Justice party, lost his seat in the Kupchino municipal district and was referred to a psychiatrist for a check, Fontanka reported. The prosecution initiated the inspection.

The Smolninsky District Court granted the motion to place Smekhov in psychiatric hospital No.6. The court also seized $300.000, €100.000 and a BMW from the politician to enforce the verdict.

On September 18, the municipal council of Kupchino considered the request to dismiss Deputy Smekhov because he had failed to submit his declaration.

Alexander Smekhov was detained on July 24, 2017 as he was accepting €150.000 as a bribe. According to the investigation, before that, he had received 60.000.000 rubles ($890.000) from a St. Petersburg businessman and allegedly promised him to re-issue his construction permit that had been annulled by three instances of the arbitration court. The investigators considered that there was no way Smekhov could fulfill his promise and initiated a criminal case of attempted fraud (Art. 30, Art. 159 of the Criminal Code).

As the investigation was underway, Smekhov sued Mikhail Cherepanov, the Kupchino administration head and the former St. Petersburg head of United Russia’s Young Guard. The politician wanted 6 million rubles ($89.000) from him. The Primorsky District Court considered the suit. According to Cherepanov, the claim concerned a business conflict that had occurred before he took up the post of the municipal council head.

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