Colonel Zakharchenko's common-law wife released from temporary detention
The ICR has chosen not to arrest the mother of two. Anastasiya Pestrikova was detained in Samara when attempting to fly to Cyprus. Yesterday, the Basmanny Court confirmed the ICR filing a request for her arrest on suspicion of $16-million swindling, however, neither Pestrikova herself nor the materials in her criminal case were brought to court.
The Investigative Committee of Russia has changed its mind about putting Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko's common-law wife Anastasiya Pestrikova in custody and released her, as a source in law enforcement bodies told RIA Novosti.
According to the publication's source, Pestrikova has been released from the temporary detention facility at the expiry of the time limit for her remand in custody.
To recall, yesterday, Press Secretary of the Basmanny Court Yunona Tsareva first confirmed the court receiving a request from the ICR for electing arrest as a preventive measure for Pestrikova, and later told Moskva News Agency that no materials in her criminal case had been referred to the court. Neither had Anastasiya Pestrikova been brought to the court, which renders the consideration of the request impossible.
Colonel Zakharchenko's common-law wife, who brings up his child (or, according to some sources, two of his children), was detained in Samara airport on September 28 when registering for a flight departing to Cyprus. Pestrikova was detained as part of the criminal case of swindling, in which she is a suspect. According to the RIA Novosti’s source in law enforcement bodies, the ICR suspects her of an attempt to embezzle $16 million from her friend Liliya Gorshkova. Earlier, this amount was blocked on the accounts in VTB24 as part of the case of Colonel Zakharchenko. The accounts had been opened in the name of Gorshkova, but in the Moscow City Court back in May, when Zakharchenko’s lawyers tried to contest the arrest of $16 million, Anastasiya Pestrikova said that the money belonged to her father, an entrepreneur. Dmitry Zakharchenko did not support her version, saying that it was Liliya Gorshkova who owned the specified amount of money.
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