Pereslavl-Zalessky Mayor arrested for two months
The Basmanny Court of Moscow have put the Mayor of Pereslavl-Zalessky Denis Koshurnikov under arrest until January 16, 2016. The verdict on the detention of the official suspected of embezzling Rosnano's funds has been rendered by the Judge Artur Karpov.
According to TASS, the court granted the investigation's request, placing the convict under arrest until January 16, 2017. Koshurnikov's lawyers announced their intention to appeal against the arrest.
Let us recall that a criminal case was opened against the Pereslavl-Zalessky Mayor on November 16. Koshurnikov is suspected of Exceeding Official Powers with serious consequences (item (с), part 3 of Art. 286 of the Russian Criminal Code); as for other defendants in the case, namely the founder of NT-Farma LLC Rustam Ataullakhanov and the head of the company Evgeny Sultanov, they are accused of especially large-scale Misappropriation of property entrusted to them (part 4 of Art. 160 of the Russian Criminal Code). It is known that Ataullakhanov has also been arrested by the court for two months, although he is no longer a co-founder and a co-owner of the company.
The State Corporation began investing in the construction of NT-Farma in 2009, however, after failing to see progress in a pharmaceutical plant construction, it froze the funding.
As we had previously reported, search and seizure of documents had taken place in Pereslavl-Zalessky Administration building and Rosnano's Moscow headquarters as part of investigation.
The ICR’s claims against Koshurnikov are related to the moment of land plot allocation for the construction of the plant. In fact, local authorities had had claims in municipal sphere against the Pereslavl-Zalessky Mayor as well; in 2015, the Yaroslavl region Prosecutor proposed to dismiss Koshurnikov when the mayor's hidden family business in Germany had come to light.