Criminal record of senator Kavdzharadze disappears before election
The Federal Security Service (FSB) is investigating how the criminal record went missing from the databases of the Main Information and Analytical Center of the Russian Ministry of Interior and the Moscow City Court.
The weird fact that a conviction, dated 1987 had disappeared, was revealed when Kavdzharadze, who is working in the Senate of the Lipetsk Region of the third convocation, registered as candidate for the Lipetsk regional Legislative Assembly — this procedure is necessary to be re-elected from the Lipetsk Region in the Federation Council.
In accordance with the law, all the candidates are checked in the databases of the courts and the MIA. Kavdzharadze was no exception.
According to the interlocutor of REN TV, a check in the databse of the Main Information and Analytical Center of the MIA showed that the senator was clean before the law. The Moscow City Court also yielded no criminal record on Kavdzharadze.
However, earlier media reported that Kavdzharadze was tried. Therefore, an additional check was initiated, during which a verdict was discovered in the archives, dated November 13, 1987, and pronounced by the Kiev District People's Court in Moscow. According to this verdict, M.G. Kavdzharadze, born June 10, 1969, was sentenced to three years in a penal colony under Art. 88.1 of the Criminal Code of the Soviet Union for illegal foreign currency transactions, the real term replaced with suspended sentence.
According to court documents, Kavdzharadze received the term for buying 100 USD on the Kutuzovsky Prospekt from a money-changer for 300 rubles. At the time, "the real value of the purchased currency was 64 rubles."
It is noted that after introduction of a market economy, the sentence for this article was first considerably reduced, and in 1994, abolished completely.
"By and large, nothing bad happened to the candidate. The article was decriminalized, after all, it is not a scam, not a waste, and therefore not a blow to the reputation. But at the same time, the fact that the criminal record disappeared from the database, is a serious incident. Therefore, the FSB got involved," explained a source in the security agencies.
The information about Kavdzharadze’s convictions became public in 2003, when one of the youngest senators became a contender for the position of Accounting Chamber auditor.
Alexander Khinshtein (then a journalist) found that in September 1984, a student of SGPTU-190, Kavdzharadze, was detained for speculation and currency transactions, was reprimanded by Komsomol, and after the next arrest sent to the commission on juvenile affairs.
When a year later Maxim brutally beat his fellow student in GUM, he was sent to the Sebezh special technical school. In 1987, Kavdzharadze received a suspended sentence for illegal currency transactions. In the same year, he became a defendant in a new criminal case with the wording for arbitrariness, which was later dismissed under art. 8 of the Criminal Procedure Code of the Soviet Union in connection with its transfer to the commission on juvenile affairs, since the future senator at that time was 17 years old.
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