Prosecutor involved in notorious gambling scandal may walk
MOSCOW, July 19 - RAPSI. Former Odintsovo District Prosecutor Roman Nishchemenko, one of several officials involved in a notorious Moscow Region illegal casino case, may soon be set free, Kommersant reported on Thursday.
On Wednesday, the Moscow City Court changed the preventive measure on former prosecutor Oleg Bazylyan from custody to house arrest.
"Roman Nishchemenko of Odintsovo, the last of the arrested regional prosecutors, is preparing to go free. As a result, only former Moscow Region First Deputy Prosecutor General, Alexander Ignatenko, who is waiting to be extradited from Russia to Poland, will remain in custody," the newspaper reported.
It was earlier reported that on May 11 the Moscow City Court extended the arrest of Nishchemenko until August 4. The appellate commission dismissed the former prosecutor's appeal against the extension of arrest on June 20.
The high-profile scandal provoked a public uproar. Businessman Ivan Nazarov allegedly operated illegal casinos in 15 towns across the Moscow Region. According to law enforcement authorities, several high-ranking officials of prosecutor's offices and the Interior Ministry were involved in the casino operation, which generated between $5 million and $10 million in monthly revenue.