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.
Marina Semynina, who had been renting out non-residential premises with an area of 2.5 thousand sq. m to the trading network, is a co-defendant in the suit of the Prosecutor General's Office on the seizure of Colonel Zakharchenko's family assets in favor of the state.
In a week the police of the Penza region have lost two first executives. The Head of the regional Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) announced his forthcoming resignation. In this regard, the region began talking about the global cleansing of the bigwigs of security agencies. Now everyone is waiting to learn who is next in the queue for quitting, and what new corruption rows pertaining to security chiefs are to come to light in the short run in a relatively serene region.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had seen plenty of scandals throughout its history. In the end of 2017, it ceased financing of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) on suspicion of misuse of funds by its management. However, the IOC couldn’t even think that international drug trafficker Gafur Rakhimov, member of the criminal ‘Brothers’ Circle’ put on the OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List, is going to take charge of it soon. Furthermore, Rakhimov has contributed greatly to the selection of Sochi the place of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Kochkin is detained in the headquarters building and brought to the police department, where policemen drew up a protocol under Violating the Established Procedure for Arranging or Conducting a Meeting, Rally, Demonstration, Procession or Picket (part 8 of Article 20.2 of the Code of Administrative Offenses). According to the activist, in the near future he will go on trial.