Moscow court adjourns hearing of appeal of ex-Vladivostok mayor until early October
MOSCOW, August 29 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court has adjourned the hearing of an appeal submitted by Igor Pushkarev, an ex-mayor of the city of Vladivostok, sentenced to 15 years in prison for commercial bribery, abuse of office and taking bribes on a large scale, until October 3, a RAPSI correspondent reports from the courtroom on Thursday.
The court was to hear the appeal against the sentence on August 29; nevertheless, the hearing was adjourned due to the fact that two other defendants in the case.
In April, Moscow’s Tverskoy District Court sentenced Pushkarev to 15 years in high security prison for commercial bribery, abuse of office and taking bribes on a large scale. Additionally, he was fined 500 million rubles ($8 million). The court also prohibited him from holding public posts for 10 years.
Moreover, the court collected 143 million rubles (over $2 million) in favor “Roads of Vladivostok” granting the company’s suit.
The court also sentenced Andrey Lushnikov, head of “Roads of Vladivostok”, to 10 years behind bars. Pushkarev’s brother Andrey Pushkarev, head of “Vostokcement” group, received an 8-year suspended term. They also were fined 500 million rubles each.
Prosecutors earlier asked the court to give Pushkarev 17 years in high security prison with a 500-million-ruble fine. The court was also asked to sentence Pushkerev’s brother and Lushnikov to 8 and 14 years respectively.
According to investigators, between 2009 and 2016, Pushkarev acting as a mayor of Vladivostok “from mercenary or other personal motives” organized the acquisition by “Roads of Vladivostok” of a large volume of construction materials from “Vostokcement” controlled by his relatives. Construction materials were allegedly purchased only from these companies and at inflated prices.
Pushkarev allegedly received upwards of 75 million rubles ($1.3 million at the current exchange rate) in money, goods and services from his brother Andrey.
In total, Vostokcement received over 1.2 billion rubles (about $21.4 million) for the delivered construction materials while Pushkarev’s relatives received dividends in the amount of more than 500 million rubles ($8.5 million), according to the Investigative Committee.
The defendants pleaded not guilty.
Pushkarev has been removed from his post by court order. Later, he filed in resignation.