Court releases ex-mayor of Pereslavl-Zalessky convicted for misappropriation of Rosnano’s funds from punishment
Denis Koshurnikov received a fine of 100 thousand rubles ($1600) but was immediately released from its payment.
The court in Yaroslavl fined Denis Koshurnikov, the former head of Pereslavl-Zalessky, up to 100 thousand rubles, having found him guilty in the case of misappropriation of Rosnano’s 1 billion rubles ($16.095 million).
However, the court released the former official from penalty due to the expiration of the statute of limitation.
It is specified that Koshurnikov was found guilty under the Art. 293 of CCRF (negligence). At the same time, the former mayor was earlier accused under a heavier article – exceeding official powers with causing grave consequences (part 3 of Art. 286 of CCRF). According to it, the former official faced up to 10 years of imprisonment.
Since 2010, Rosnano has invested more than 1 billion rubles in a company called NTfarma for the construction of a pharmaceutical production; the plant was to be launched by September 2012, but this period was postponed several times, while the money was wasted, and the enterprise still does not work.
According to the investigation, in 2011, Koshurnikov, being the mayor of Pereslavl-Zalesskiy, sold to the founder and CEO of NTFarma, Rustam Ataullakhanov and Yevgeny Sultanov, the land plot that was located on the territory of the national park Plescheevo Ozero. Construction works on it were conducted at the expense of Rosnano’s funds allocated to NTfarma in 2010 and was illegal, as it was not agreed with the Ministry of Natural Resources.
According to an expert assessment, the actions of the official and entrepreneurs have caused “irreparable harm to the objects of the plant world.”
Ataullakhanov and Sultanov are accused of embezzlement on a particularly large scale (part 4 of Article 160 of CCRF); the former is also additionally accused of money laundering on a particularly large scale (clause "b" of part 4 of Art. 174.1 of CCRF). Sultanov pleaded guilty; both of them are familiarizing with the case materials.
Preliminary hearings of the case pertaining to embezzlements committed during the construction of notorious Zenit Arena haven’t commenced yet – but the trial of Marat Oganesyan already ceased to be monotonous. The former Deputy Head of the St. Petersburg Municipal Administration has directly hinted at the involvement of his successor – current Vice Governor Albin – in the embezzlement of billions of rubles.