Magnitogorsk MP asks for political asylum in US
The public figure and former chief physician was accused of embezzling about $ 540.000.
The former chief physician of Magnitogorsk Hospital No. 2 of and deputy of the City Assembly, Artem Cherepanov, who is wanted on theft of about 35 million rubles ($ 540.000), left for for the US with another defendant and asked for political asylum there. Cherepanov accused the investigators of forging evidence and hoped to settle in America by profession, Verstov-Info reports.
“I didn’t consider myself guilty, and I still do not. But I don’t want to settle in the strict-security penal colony for eight years for what the investigators have invented for me. I am not going to be a martyr, I'd rather do what I like and want to do – medicine. Thank God, I have the opportunity to undergo re-certification and continue helping people,” Cherepanov said.
According to the investigation, being the chief physician in 2012–2017, Cherepanov unreasonably issued his subordinates bonuses, and then took back part of the issued money from them, as well as bought using the budget of the medical institution expensive medicines to his relative suffering from a serious illness.
The defendant himself claims that the money he received from the hospital’s extrabudgetary funds was sent to repair its building, purchase modern medical equipment and improve the facilities. On October 12, 2017, Cherepanov was detained, but then released on bail. The defendant did not appear in court, and together with another person involved in the case, Mikhail Fedorovsky, went to the United States, Znak writes.
The detention is related to the investigation into the abduction and murder of Tatyana Sidorova, a deputy of the Ramenskoye District Legislature, and three members of her family, which occurred back in 2012.