Finalist of Leaders of Russia contest and member of Russian Academy of Sciences detained in swindling case

Finalist of Leaders of Russia contest and member of Russian Academy of Sciences detained in swindling case
Yevgeny Pokushalov

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.

 

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