Mayor of Vladivostok case: security services as a bribe

Mayor of Vladivostok case: security services as a bribe
Igor Pushkarev was charged with receiving a bribe in the form of security services

According to the investigation, security personnel hired by his brother’s company guarded Pushkarev.⁠

Mayor of Vladivostok Igor Pushkarev was charged under new article; this time he is charged with receiving a bribe in the form of security services, which his brother, general director of Vostokcement Andrey Pushkarev, paid for. The suspect himself does not recognize his guilt and calls the accusations "absurd", Kommersant writes.

According to the investigation, Igor Pushkarev supported the company of his brother Vostokcement, which in the period from 2009 to 2016 supplied construction materials under the jurisdiction of the municipal unitary enterprise Roads of Vladivostok (MUE). According to preliminary estimates, MUE paid about 1.2 billion rubles ($21m) for purchasing materials. For these services, the Mayor allegedly received 75 million rubles ($1.3m) and a number of services, among which was the provision of personal protection for the Mayor and guard of his country mansion with a helicopter pad. In addition, investigators believe that Pushkarev's brother financed the installation of modern security systems in this house. According to the investigation, in total, the Mayor and his close relatives received more than 500 million rubles ($8.7m) from the director of Vostokcement.

Pushkarev's lawyer Alexander Vysotsky called the accusation "absolutely unfounded". He promised to seek full justification of his client.

The Mayor says that Roads of Vladivostok cooperated with Vostokcement because of favorable terms of the contract and low prices, but not family ties between the Mayor and the head of the company. Pushkarev stresses that he has never received any reward from a private structure. He also notes that Vostokcement has forgiven the Roads of Vladivostok debt of 900 million rubles ($15.7m).

At the moment Pushkarev is charged with Especially Large Scale Bribe-Taking, Abuse of Official Powers and Commercial Bribery (part 6 of Article 290, part 3 of Article 285, item (a), part 2 of Article 204 of the Criminal Code). His brother is accused of Bribe-Giving and Commercial Bribery (part 5 of Article 291, item (a), part 2 of Article 204 of the Criminal Code)

On March 9, 2017, Igor Pushkarev was temporarily suspended from the post of the Vladivostok Mayor by the decision of the Basmanny Court.

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