Investigators seek to extend detention of Vladivostok mayor charged with bribery
MOSCOW, July 22 (RAPSI, Diana Gutsul) – The Moscow Basmanny District Court is to review a motion of investigators seeking to extend detention of Igor Pushkarev, the Vladivostok Mayor charged with abuse of office and commercial bribery, on July 26, lawyer Alexander Vysotsky told RAPSI on Friday.
“Today, the investigator informed me that on 26 July the Basmanny Court is to review a petition to extend the earlier chosen for Igor Pushkarev pretrial restrictions in the form of detention,” the lawyer said.
On June 2, the court ordered the detention of Vladivostok Mayor Igor Pushkarev until July 31.
Pushkarev has pleaded not guilty to charges brought against him and expressed his willingness to cooperate with investigators. His brother, “Vostokcement” company CEO Andrey Pushkarev, stands charged with complicity in commercial bribery and is currently under house arrest.
Earlier, official representative for Russia’s Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin announced that between 2009 and 2014 Pushkarev «from mercenary or other personal motives» organized the acquisition by «Roads of Vladivostok» of a large volume of construction materials from the group of companies «Vostokcement» allegedly controlled by his relatives. Investigators believe that construction materials have been purchased at inflated prices. Pushkarev has received upwards of 45 million rubles ($700,000) for this.
The damage allegedly caused by Pushkarev has been estimated at more than 158 million rubles ($2.5 million), according to investigation.