Former Penza Mayor released from detention center until next hearing
Former Penza Mayor Aleksandr Pashkov has been released from custody due to the return for further investigation of the case of embezzlement of funds for the construction of urban perinatal center.
It is reported that consideration of an application on the extension of preventive measures against Aleksandr Pashkov has been rescheduled from November 24 to November 30.
In 2015, Pashkov headed the Penza Administration, and then served as first vice premier of the regional government. While being the Vice-Premier, he caused damage in the amount of 89.9 million rubles to the region's treasury together with accomplices. In 2010, the former Deputy Governor of the Penza region and ex-Penza Mayor was sentenced to 8.5 years for embezzling 90 million rubles and appropriating property of distribution grid complexes of the Penza region. In 2012, he was released on parole.
Pashkov was re-detained in December 2015. He and President of Sigma Center for Strategic Trend Studies LLC Sergey Bogunov is charged with Swindling (Article 159 of the Russian Criminal Code), as well as Embezzlement and Misappropriation of government property (Article 160) on an especially large scale. According to materials in the case, about 100 million rubles had been stolen from the budget through shell companies.
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