Commissioner for Human Rights defends Mayor of Rybinsk
The Human Rights Ombudsman sent to the Supreme Court a petition for review of the judgment in the case of Yuri Lastochkin.
Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatyana Moskalkova petitioned to Chairman of the Supreme Court (SC) Vyacheslav Lebedev for review of the judgment in the case of Rybinsk Mayor Yuri Lastochkin convicted of fraud, according to Kommersant. The Ombudsman did not find direct evidence of the former Governor's guilt. Her position is supported by lawyer Ruben Markaryan, who believes that the investigation was "lopsided in an accusatory manner".
Having examined the materials of the case, Moskalkova found that the investigation established the transfer of money from briber Ivanov to former aide of Lastochkin Gennady Telegin, but the receipt of it was not established. In addition, the Ombudsman drew attention to inconsistent testimonies of the MIA Anti-Corruption Department of the Yaroslavl region and other controversial episodes. All this, she says, allows to put into question the legality of the sentence.
Lastochkin's lawyer Ruben Markaryan believes that the Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia actually agreed with the defense's position. He believes that an independent expert with knowledge and influence of Moskalkova may help in establishing the truth in this difficult case.
September 22, 2015 former Mayor of the city of Rybinsk Yuri Lastochkin was sentenced to eight and a half years in a strict regime penal colony and a fine of 140 million rubles ($2 409 775) on charges of obtaining a large scale Bribe (part 6, Art. 290 of the Criminal Code) and especially large Embezzlement (part 4 of Art. 160 of the Criminal Code). The investigation revealed that Lastochkin demanded 2 million rubles ($34 425) for reservation of Head of MUP Teploenergo post in favor of Vladimir Ivanov. According to investigators, the embezzlement took place in 2009 during a deal between the engine development company Saturn (which at that time was headed by Lastochkin) and CJSC Stroyengineering. The subject became a number of water treatment plants. The court decided that the price of goods was significantly lower than the market, resulting in Saturn lost about 116 million rubles.
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