Finalist of Leaders of Russia contest and member of Russian Academy of Sciences detained in swindling case
Because of the incident, Russian President Putin changed the text of his speech to the Federal Assembly.
In Novosibirsk, law enforcement officers detained a world-famous cardiac surgeon, deputy director of the FGBU NMITS Academician Meshalkin Clinic and corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Yevgeny Pokushalov, on suspicion of swindling of about 1.3 billion rubles ($ 20 million) in public procurement and money laundering, Kommersant reports. Last year, the suspect became a finalist in the Leaders of Russia competition, which is why President Vladimir Putin, when speaking before the Federal Assembly, mentioned the project for updating state staff only briefly, Rain reported.
On the morning of February 20, investigators detained Pokushalov, 44, at his workplace. On February 22, the court will decide on a pre-trial restrain against the cardiac surgeon. He is charged with swindling on an especially large scale (part 4 of Article 159 CCRF) and money laundering (Article 174.1 CCRF).
Kommersant’s sources said that the criminal case may be related to the probe regarding the cartel agreement between the Clinic’s suppliers.
Consolidator of metropolitan lands: Empire of Aleksander Postrigan’, ex-Head of Klin District, collapses
According to Aleksander Kurennoy, an official representative of the Prosecutor General’s Office, the watchdog authority is about to file with the Klin Town Court of the Moscow Region a lawsuit to confiscate assets worth in total 4 billion rubles ($62.1 million) from Aleksander Postrigan’, ex-Head of the Klin District. Aleksander Postrigan’ was arrested in June 2018 on suspicion of exceeding official powers and remains in detention since then. The CrimeRussia was figuring out the origin of billions of rubles and hundreds of real properties belonging to the Honorable Builder of the Moscow Region, business affairs of his relatives and friends, and why the official was busted for corruption so many years after pulling off his criminal schemes.