MOSCOW, April 8 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court on Monday dismissed an appeal filed by ex-governor of Russia’s Khabarovsk Region Victor Ishayev against his house arrest in the Rosneft embezzlement case, RAPSI reports from the courtroom.

Ishayev was arrested in Moscow on March 28. On March 29, Moscow’s Basmanny District Court denied a 15-million-ruble ($232,000) bail to Ishayev and placed him under house arrest until May 27.

From 2013 to 2018, Ishayev was a vice-president of Rosneft. According to investigators, between 2014 and 2017, he fraudulently ensured signing of premises lease agreements for the company office’s use in the Khabarovsk Region at an overvalued price. The contracts were concluded with Ishayev’s firm.

Investigators claim that damage caused by Ishayev is estimated at 5 million rubles (about $80,000).

The defendant pleads not guilty. According to his defense lawyer Pavel Zaytsev, his client sent a payment transaction confirmation in the amount of 5,744 rubles to Rosneft on April 5.