Prosecutor General's Office approved indictment upon case of Vladivostok ex-Mayor Pushkarev
The official is accused of seven episodes at once.
The General Prosecutor's Office confirmed the charge in the criminal case of Vladivostok former Mayor Igor Pushkarev, as well as former director of municipal enterprise Dorogi Vladivostoka (Vladivostok Roads) and general director of Vostokcement JSC. The official is accused of several corruption crimes.
"Today, on October 20, 2017, the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation approved the indictment upon the criminal case against the Mayor of Vladivostok, the former director of the municipal unitary enterprise Dorogi Vladivostoka and the general director of the joint-stock company Vostokcement," the press service of the supervisory department stated.
The case is also sent to the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, as the territorial jurisdiction of the accused is still to be determined. Pushkarev insists that he should be tried in Primorye, as he does not believe in Basmanny court’s justice.
Igor Pushkarev is accused of taking bribes, abuse of official powers, commercial bribery, mediation in taking bribes, using a forged document and giving a bribe. According to the investigation, the ex-Mayor of Vladivostok did not allow commercial organizations to take part in tenders for the construction of roads for the received monetary compensation. Further, he illegally ensured the tender to the municipal unitary enterprise Dorogi Vladivostoka and signed contracts worth 1.2 billion rubles ($20.8m) for the supply of materials produced by the holding company Vostokcement, which belongs to his relatives. Thus, the Mayor's relatives received dividends worth 471.7 million rubles ($8.1m). Meanwhile, Dorogi Vladivostoka formed accounts payable of more than 800 million rubles ($13.8m). In addition, the city of Vladivostok was damaged in the amount of 158 million rubles ($2.7m).
Saburova believes that the Russian authorities violated articles 2 and 5 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, guaranteeing the right to life, as well as the right to freedom and personal inviolability.