Mayor of Vladivostok dismisses early due to charges of bribery

Mayor of Vladivostok dismisses early due to charges of bribery
Igor Pushkarev

The Mayor's Office confirmed the resignation of Pushkarev.⁠

Igor Pushkarev, the Mayor of Vladivostok, who is accused of bribery and temporarily suspended from his official duties, dismisses early. Pushkarev reported this on his Facebook page.

"Today I made a decision about the early dismissal of the Head of Vladivostok post. I perfectly understand that a city without personal participation of a leader can not work and move forward at the right pace. Therefore, I believe that this decision will be good not only for me, but for the city and its residents," the Mayor in the social network writes.

At the moment, First Deputy Mayor Andrey Litvinov performs duties of the Head of the city. He confirmed the resignation of Pushkarev.

"The statement, personally signed by Igor Pushkarev, is sent over to the Administration Personnel," Litvinov said.

Litvinov also added that now, in connection with the resignation of the Mayor, the standard procedure for electing a new Head of the city administration will be initiated.

Now former Mayor of Vladivostok Igor Pushkarev was detained on June 1, 2016. A high-ranking official is under arrest in the Matrosskaya Tishina detention center. He is suspected of violating the law in providing government procurement.

According to the investigation, Pushkarev received bribes, for which he secured an illegal victory of the municipal enterprise Roads of Vladivostok in the tender. The damage to the city is estimated at more than 140 million rubles ($2.4m). The indictment in the case was approved by the Prosecutor General's Office in October this year. Soon the trial will begin.

Pushkarev stressed that he "does not believe in Basmanny Court’s justice". The former Mayor wants to be tried in Vladivostok, not in Moscow.

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