Uralmash gang leader decides against filing petition for parole

Uralmash gang leader decides against filing petition for parole
Alexander Kukovyakin

The documents for Alexander Kukovyakin’s petition were all prepared, but the former deputy of Yekaterinburg City Duma and the former Uralmash leader suddenly refused to use the opportunity to leave the colony before the end of his term.

Alexander Kukovyakin, the former deputy of Yekaterinburg City Duma and the leader of Uralmash criminal enterprise, who is currently serving his term for fraud, has suddenly refused to file a request for conditional early relief.

The criminal lord’s lawyer Elizaveta Kolobova told Vedomosti-Ural about this, noting that it was already possible to file for parole given the period Kukovyakin has spent in custody, and the required documents were all ready. The lawyer stressed that this was Kukovyakin’s own decision and she could not disclose his motives.

Uralmash leader was sentenced by the Tavdinsky District Court of the Sverdlovsk region to five years of imprisonment in a general-regime prison on charges of fraud and money laundering. According to the investigation, the accused and his accomplices stole more than 2.6 million rubles ($45.400) from OAO Tavdinsky Gidrolizny Zavod (Tavda Hydrolysis Plant LLC) in 2004, having forged the documents entitling them for the funds from the company's accounts. He laundered the money through the accounts of another company. The Uralmash leader was hiding from the investigation and was put on the federal wanted list in February 2005, and on the international one in March.

In June 2015, the UAE authorities detained Kukovyakin in Dubai requested by the Russian Prosecutor General's Office and extradited him to Russia. After an appeal of the defense, the sentence became one year shorter. Currently, the former deputy of the City Duma is serving a sentence in correctional colony No. 62 in the town of Ivdel.

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