MOSCOW, January 27 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court has overturned a ruling upholding an investigator’s order to place Chairman of Tretyakov & Partners law firm Igor Tretyakov on the federal wanted list as part of a 330-million-ruble (about $5 million) Roscosmos embezzlement case, his lawyer Stanislav Shostak has told RAPSI.
The matter is returned to Moscow’s Babushkinsky District Court for consideration by another bench.
According to Shostak, the defendant was not notified by law enforcement that a criminal case had been opened against him. Moreover, investigators violated the procedure of searches in his apartment and office, the defense lawyer said in court earlier. The searches were conducted without representatives of a law chamber, Shostak added.
Tretyakov’s attorney insisted earlier that it was necessary to vacate the wanted notice as it is usually considered by courts as an aggravating circumstance.
Currently, Tretyakov is a defendant in the case on embezzling 330 million rubles (about $5 million) from Roscosmos. In late December, the case was returned to prosecutors, according to the lawyer’s attorney Stanislav Shostak. He is in detention now.
Two other defendants, ex-CEO of the S.A. Lavochkin Scientific Union Sergey Lemeshevsky and chief of the Union’s legal department Yekaterina Averyanova were also detained. Later, Averyanova admitted guilt and signed a deal with
investigators in exchange for release from detention under house arrest.
According to investigators, the defendants have stolen assets of Roscosmos by signing fraudulent contracts for provision of legal services with the law firm. All the works were allegedly performed by the corporation’s own specialists. The overall sum of payments to the firm reached 330 million rubles.
Tretyakov pleads not guilty.