MOSCOW, April 10 (RAPSI, Nikita Shiryayev) – Moscow’s Tverskoy District Court has sentenced ex-mayor of Vladivostok Igor Pushkarev to 15 years in high security prison for commercial bribery, abuse of office and taking bribes on a large scale, according to a RAPSI correspondent.
Additionally, he has been fined 500 million rubles ($8 million). The court has also prohibited him from holding public posts for 10 years.
Moreover, the court has collected 143 million rubles (over $2 million) in favor “Roads of Vladivostok” granting the company’s suit.
On Tuesday, 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 Andrey Pushkarev. Lushnikov was allegedly aware of the brothers’ plans and aided them in exchange for financial rewards.
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.
All the defendants pleaded not guilty.
Pushkarev has been removed from his post by court order. Later, he filed in resignation.