Vladivostok Mayor enjoys Christmas preparations in jail
Igor Pushkarev hopes that the upcoming Year of the Rooster will be ‘more fun.’
Vladivostok Mayor Igor Pushkarev, accused of power abuse and commercial bribery, keeps a positive attitude even while remaining in Matrosskaya Tishina prison. Pushkarev spoke of his Christmas mood in the detention facility at the Moscow City Court hearing that was considering whether to extend the Mayor's custody.
"It's astonishing how many things you can do with an electric kettle, we cook really good food and are now thinking of the New Year's menu", RIA Novosti quoted the Vladivostok Mayor. By the way, Pushkarev might get some help with culinary delights from Sakhalin ex-Governor Aleksandr Khoroshavin, notorious for his scandalous corruption-related lawsuit. Earlier, the suspects were reportedly put in one cell.
The Mayor said he hopes he will be able to wish the city a happy New Year on December 31 as he did when he was free. The Matrosskaya Tishina prisoner would like to wish the people much health and success, he encouraged everyone to read the Criminal Code and not violate the law. Pushkarev expects the upcoming Year of the Rooster to be ‘more fun’, as 2017 is not a leap year.
As you may remember, the Head of Vladivostok was arrested on June 1 and was flied to Moscow on the same day. On June 2 the court sentenced him to imprisonment in Matrosskaya Tishina.
According to investigators, between 2009 and 2014 Pushkarev arranged a scheme where Dorogi Vladivostoka (‘Roads of Vladivostok’) unitary enterprise was meant to purchase building materials on a large scale and at a higher price from Vostokcement group (‘Eastern Cement’). The company was controlled by Pushkarev’s brother Andrei. The criminal scheme earned the Mayor at least 45 million rubles. In addition, Dorogi Vladivostoka suffered a damage of over 158 million rubles and accounts payable of about 800 million rubles. At a hearing, Igor Pushkarev said that Vostokcement had waived the enterprise’s account payable.
The enterprise’s CEO Andrei Lushnikov was detained and Andrei Pushkarev is now under house arrest.
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