MOSCOW, April 1 (RAPSI) – Ex-governor of Russia’s Khabarovsk Region Victor Ishayev has filed an appeal against his house arrest as part of the Rosneft embezzlement case, the Basmanny District Court’s spokesperson Yunona Tsareva told RAPSI Monday.

The Moscow City Court will hear the appeal on April 8.

Ishayev was arrested in Moscow on March 28. On March 29, Moscow’s Basmanny District Court denied a 15-million-ruble ($232,000) bail to Ishayev and placed him under house arrest until May 27.

From 2013 to 2018, Ishayev was a vice-president of Rosneft. According to investigators, between 2014 and 2017, he fraudulently ensured signing of premises lease agreements for the company office’s use in the Khabarovsk Region at an overvalued price. The contracts were concluded with Ishayev’s firm.

According to investigators, damage caused by Ishayev is estimated at 5 million rubles (about $80,000).

The defendant pleads not guilty.