Vladivostok Mayor Pushkarev believes that case against him is frame-up
The Moscow City Court upheld under arrest Igor Pushkarev, who is accused in the high-profile corruption case.
The Moscow City Court dismissed the appeal complaint of the defense, finding legal an extension of the arrest of the Mayor of Vladivostok Igor Pushkarev, who is accused of abuse of official powers and commercial bribery until 30 November. It is informed by RIA Novosti.
According to the Prosecutor, there are not grounds for the application for more lenient preventive measure to Pushkarev, because he can abscond and exert pressure on witnesses.
The defense requested in turn to quit the Mayor under house arrest or release him on bail of 10 million rubles.
In the courtroom Igor Pushkarev has declared that he considered his criminal case as a frame-up.
Tthere is a political subtext in my case. The arrest of my brother confirmed that this is a frame-up,"- the suspect said.
The Mayor's lawyer Andrey Vysotsky said that the incriminating evidence against Pushkarev were given by the Director of Roads of Vladivostok Andrey Lushnikov allegedly under pressure from the investigation.
"Lushnikov said that the testimony he gave under moral pressure, and in the report there are author changes of his testimony," - said the lawyer.
As previously reported by the CrimeRussia, Pushkarev is accused of abuse of official powers and commercial bribery.
According to investigators, Pushkarev organized the purchase of large amount of construction materials at inflated prices by Roads of Vladivostok from the group VostokCement companies, which is owned by two brothers of the Mayor in 2009-2014. The General Director of the holding company VostokCement Andrey Pushkarev has also been accused of complicity in the swindling and placed under house arrest. The investigation evaluated the damage, caused by illegal activities of the Mayor, at an amount of about 157 million rubles.
Note that earlier the ICR Investigative Department in Primorye region has twice refused to initiate criminal proceedings against Pushkarev accourding to the same materials, on the basis of which he is now arrested.
Rosfinmonitoring (Federal Financial Monitoring Service) analyzed the data of the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers and discovered thousands of offshore companies through which the Russians laundered billions of rubles. Materials on deputies and governors were handed over to law enforcers.
A spokesperson of the Prosecutor's office said that the ECHR had not studied all the materials of the criminal case, so they were offered not to overturn the verdict, but to send the case for a new review in court.