Detained Moscow Region district ex-head loses motion for house arrest
MOSCOW, September 9 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court on Monday dismissed a motion for house arrest filed by ex-head of the Moscow Region’s Serpukhov District Alexander Shestun detained in a case over fraud and bribery, RAPSI learnt in the court’s press service.
The court ruled to extend his detention until December 13. Shestun was absent in court because of his poor health.
In May, the former official finished his long hunger strike as his health deteriorated. However, later he went on dry hunger strike.
In April, the Krasnogorsk City Court in the Moscow Region forfeited 10-billion-ruble ($150 million) worth assets owned by Shestun to the state. The court therefore granted a motion lodged by the Prosecutor General’s Office to seize more than 670 real estate items in the Moscow Region’s Serpukhov district and 22 cars. This property status does not correspond to his income, prosecutors stated.
According to case papers, between 2008 and 2014, the Serpukhov District administration headed by Shestun illegally transferred four land plots in a local village to the company Center. Damage caused by these actions was estimated at 62 million rubles (about $925,000), investigators claim. He pleaded not guilty.