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.
It concerns entrepreneur Dmitry Motorin, Boris Usherovich, a co-owner of the Group of Companies 1520, and Novoe Vremya board member, Ivan Stankevich. Motorin is accused of giving a bribe on an especially large scale, and Stankevich and Usherovich are charged with bribe-taking.
This week, the judicial debates in the trial of Vladimir Barsukov-Kumarin charged with creation of Tambovskie organized criminal group have been finished in the Kuibyshevsky District Court of St. Petersburg. If the court upholds the stance of the state prosecution, the once-influential criminal ‘authority’ may be convicted to almost 25 years behind bars. In reality, this translates into a life term for the legend of criminal St. Petersburg.