New charges against former Penza Mayor who served sentence for embezzlement
Released on parole in 2012 after serving half of his sentence, former Deputy Governor of Penza Region and former Penza Mayor Aleksandr Pashkov familiarizes himself with the materials of a new criminal case initiated against him in 2015 under the same article as in 2010.
Pashkov is once again charged with Swindling (Article 159 of the Russian Criminal Code). In addition, he is to be prosecuted for Embezzlement and Misappropriation of government property (Article 160).
The former Penza city Mayor was arrested for the second time in December last year on charges of embezzlement on an especially large scale of funds intended for the construction of urban perinatal center.
According to the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, at least 95 million rubles had been stolen from the state using shell companies. The court had repeatedly extended the measure of restriction for Pashkov in the form of detention; August 8 was the last time it happened – the arrest of the former mayor was extended until September 11.
Pashkov was first sentenced to 8.5 years in 2010 for embezzling about 90 million rubles and appropriation of power grid complexes' property in Penza Region.
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