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About $20 mln recovered from convicted ex-Vladivostok mayor hit treasury’s account

10:59 21/10/2020

MOSCOW, October 21 (RAPSI) -  A former Mayor of Russia’s Vladivostok Igor Pushkarev, his brother Andrey, businessman Andrey Lushnikov and 6 firms have transferred over 1.4 billion rubles (about $20 million) to the accounts of the Primorsky Krai’s Federal treasury department, the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office reports.

In March, a court in Vladivostok granted a prosecutors’ claim and recovered over 1.4 billion rubles (about $20 million) from Pushkarev. Pushkarev’s brother, a head of “Roads of Vladivostok”, 6 companies controlled by the former mayor’s family were also defendants in the suit. The court held that this sum was acquired.by the defendants by criminal means.

In April 2019, 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.

 

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About $20 mln recovered from convicted ex-Vladivostok mayor hit treasury’s account

10:59 21/10/2020 A former Mayor of Russia’s Vladivostok Igor Pushkarev, his brother Andrey, businessman Andrey Lushnikov and 6 firms have transferred over 1.4 billion rubles (about $20 million) to the accounts of the Primorsky Krai’s Federal treasury department.
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