Chief editor of Kaliningrad’s newspaper deprived of deputy powers over US residence permit
Search over bribe extortion in early November revealed Igor Rudnikov’s permanent residence permit in the US.
The Kaliningrad Regional Duma has deprived Chief Editor of Novye Kolesa newspaper Igor Rudnikov of his deputy powers, Interfax reports.
The deputies made this decision after Prosecutor of the Kaliningrad region Sergey Khlopushin presented the results of an inspection, which established that Rudnikov had failed to report on existing residence permit in the United States, obtained in 2013. Thus, he had grossly violated federal electoral legislation, the prosecutor announced.
According to Khlopushin, Rudnikov had also failed to send a written notification to the Federal Migration Service about the availability of the documented right to permanent residence in another state, which is a criminal offense.
As Vesti.Kaliningrad reported, Igor Rudnikov turned out to have a permanent residence permit in the US during the search conducted in early November over a bribe extortion case. The prosecutor’s office initiated a check following the discovery of the residence permit.
According to the investigation, the chief editor of Novye Kolesa had extorted a bribe of $50 thousand from Head of the ICR Regional Directorate Viktor Ledenev to stop publishing defamatory information about him in the newspaper.
Rudnikov, who has been placed in custody, does not plead guilty, calling the allegations a provocation. According to him, Ledenev had offered him documents in the case of an attempt on the chief editor of Novye Kolesa of 2016.
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