Vladivostok recreation center used as residence by ex-Mayor Pushkarev gets demolished
The Regional Prosecutor’s Office ruled that the building had been illegally built in the Khankai Reserve.
The Raduga Recreation Center in the Khankai Reserve built by Spassktsement JSC controlled by ex-Vladivostok Mayor Igor Pushkarev has been demolished by court order. This is reported by Kommersant.
The recreation center was a three-story building with a helipad. The investigation believes that it was Pushkarev’s informal residence. The ex-mayor claims that the recreation center belonged to the plant.
It was the local prosecutor's office that filed a demand for demolition of the building. The office insisted that the facility had been illegally erected in the nature conservation area. Spassktsement had challenged the decision of the first instance court, but the judicial board on civil cases of the Primorsky Regional Court dismissed the complaint.
“The court's decision has been implemented; the illegally erected recreation center has been demolished,” the Primorye Prosecutor’s Office reported.
To recall, Igor Pushkarev was arrested on June 1, 2016 on charges of bribe-taking. After that, the law enforcers searched the premises of Raduga Recreation Center, and then a video showing a hamam and a pool, which Pushkarev allegedly used, appeared in media.
“Pushkarev’s permissiveness and impunity are characterized by only one small detail — a recreation center with a helipad was built in the water protection zone of Lake Khanka especially for him,” then-Official Spokesperson for the Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin said in 2016.
The case of Igor Pushkarev is currently being heard by the Tverskoy District Court of Moscow. His brother Andrey is also prosecuted; according to the ICR, it was him who gave bribe to the former mayor. In addition, Igor Pushkarev is charged with abuse of office and commercial bribery.