Ex-head of Serpukhov district no longer charged with exceeding official powers
The administration of the region’s Serpukhov district has been recognized as a victim in the criminal case.
The investigation no longer accuses Head of the Serpukhov district Aleksandr Shestun of Exceeding Official Powers; Art. 286 of the Russian Criminal Code has been excluded from the charges, the ex-official’s lawyer Pavel Bespalov told TASS.
He recalled that initially, the case against Shestun had been initiated under this very article, and then, on the same grounds, the ex-head of the district was charged with Swindling on an Especially Large Scale (part 4 of Art. 159), thus the cases were consolidated.
As previously reported by The CrimeRussia, the investigation believes that Shestun had taken part in the fraud schemes with land plots in the Serpukhov district. In addition, the media reported that a criminal case was initiated against him under Illegal Participation in Business Activity (Art. 289) Swindling on an Especially Large Scale committed by a group of persons (part 4 of Art. 159), and Legalization (Laundering) of Stolen Monetary Funds (Art. 174.1).
The former official is currently under arrest. He has tried to run for the district head from the pre-trial detention center, but could not register. In protest, Shestun went on a hunger strike for a month. He does not plead guilty, claiming that the case against him is a provocation and revenge of Governor of the Moscow region Andrey Vorobyov for his refusal to voluntarily leave the post of district head.