Moscow City Court upholds extension of mayor Koshurnikov’s detention
MOSCOW, February 6 (RAPSI, Lyudmila Klenko) – The Moscow City Court has upheld a ruling of a lower court extending detention of Denis Koshurnikov, the mayor of Pereslavl-Zalessky, charged with abuse of office that led to grave consequences, RAPSI learnt on Monday from the court’s press-service.
According to the ruling of the Basmanny District Court, Koshurnikov and NTpharma top manager Rustam Ataullakhanov, who is also a defendant in this case, will stay in detention until April 16. House arrest for another defendant, NTpharma top manager Yevgeny Sultanov, was extended until the same date, but the court did not receive appeals in his defense.
Investigators believe that in 2011 Ataullakhanov and Sultanov purchased a land plot from a firm belonging to Koshurnikov to give the appearance of handling of work on the project realization.
As the acquired plot is located within the national park Pleshcheevo, permit issuing for the construction was inadmissible. However, Koshurnikov, then head of Pereslavl region, gave such permit.
Investigators claim that Ataullakhanov as a founder of NTpharma has completed control over the company and ordered Sultanov to transfer funds to accounts of controlled firms. Ataullakhanov’s lawyer said that his client has never been a founder of NTpharma and that there is no evidence of embezzlement. Ataullakhanov denies guilt.
According to case papers, Rusnano invested over one billion rubles in the construction of NTpharma pharmaceutical complex in Pereslavl-Zalessky, 150 kilometers (85 miles) northeast of Moscow, since 2010. The object had to be completed in September 2012, but the project company repeatedly rescheduled the facility commissioning.
Investigators along with the Interior Ministry and Russia’s Federal Security Service found that construction works at the object had not been conducted for years. However, funds received by NTpharma from Rusnano have been embezzled.
Therefore, the facility has not been put into service yet.