St. Petersburg territorial election commission head suspected of €1m embezzlement

St. Petersburg territorial election commission head suspected of €1m embezzlement
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Andrey Ponomarev and his accomplice from Moscow tried to pass themselves off as people able resolve issues with Chairman of the Supreme Court of Russia Vyacheslav Lebedev.

Head of the territorial election commission No. 3 of the Kirovsky district, St. Petersburg, Andrey Ponomarev has been detained for an attempt to pass himself as a person able resolve issues with Chairman of the Supreme Court of Russia Vyacheslav Lebedev, Fontanka reports. Moscow resident Oleg Cheprasov has also been detained. According to the investigation, the detainees tried to get €1 million from a construction company, promising to abolish the decision of one of the St. Petersburg regional courts using their contacts.

A criminal case of Swindling on an especially large scale (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code) has been initiated. The case in under supervision of the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office. Ponomarev's detention was carried out by the operatives of the Department K (the credit and financial sector) of the FSB central office. Yesterday, April 25, the Kirovsky District Court of St. Petersburg ruled to arrest Cheprasov for two months. The judge took a 72-hour break to render a decision for Ponomarev.

According to SPARK, Andrey Ponomarev is the founder and general director of Allegoriya Prava LLC. In November 2017, he transferred 100% of his stake to Oksana Kay. The transfer was carried out immediately after Transparency International found suspicious transactions of Allegoriya Prava with the St. Petersburg Parliament. From February 2016 to May 2017, the company signed 131 contracts for a total of 13 million rubles with the Legislative Assembly. Transparency found out that the checks were ordered for bills that were either not submitted for consideration at all or were proposed to the State Duma by other regions. Applications with the prosecutor's office, the ICR, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs regarding the suspicious transactions were submitted in October 2017.

According to  Fontanka, the other suspect Oleg Cheprasov is an assistant to former Adviser to the Chairman of the Supreme Court, Igor Borisenko. The latter was mentioned by media in connection with the Shakro Molodoy case. According to various theories, he was collecting money from business structures for the release of thief in law’s crony Andrey Kochyukov aka Italyanets, from the jail. After the investigative bodies began to take interest in Borisenko, he disappeared and is currently on the federal wanted list.

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