Investigators complete probe into Moscow lawyer accused of $15 mln embezzlement
MOSCOW, July 7 (RAPSI) – Investigators have completed probe into Sergey Yuryev, the president of Moscow's bar association Mezhregion charged with embezzling 1 billion rubles ( about $15 million) from the State Air Traffic Management Corporation (ATM), the Investigative Committee’s press service reports.
The case with an approved indictment will be soon forwarded to court for consideration, the statement reads.
Investigators claim that in 2008, the State ATM Corporation signed a contract for legal services with one of the bar associations. The bar chairman working connections in the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) submitted a conclusion with a write-up value of legal services for the completion of tender documentation. The signed agreement has been repeatedly prolonged in violation of the established procedure.
The contract overpricing resulted in unjust receipt of more than 1 billion rubles by the bar association from 2008 to 2018, investigators claim.
Yuryev pled not guilty. He is in detention.
Members of the Federal Chamber of Lawyers’ Council and heads of several regional bar associations have repeatedly stood bond for Yuryev. He is an honest and reputable attorney, the Chamber’s statement reads. One of the lawyer’s bail bondsmen was Chair of the Federal Chamber of Lawyer Yury Pilipenko.