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Criminal case instituted on lawyers of ex-mayor of Vladivostok

Criminal case instituted on lawyers of ex-mayor of Vladivostok
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After the verdict to the ex-mayor of Vladivostok Igor Pushkarev, his lawyers were accused of obstructing the investigation and fair justice. The Prosecutor General's Office opened a criminal case against them.

According to Kommersant citing the deputy chief of the prosecutor general’s department for supervision of the investigation of particularly important cases, Sergei Bochkarev, the investigation against the defenders of the former mayor of Vladivostok began because of pressure on the head of the enterprise “East Roads”. According to investigators, lawyers urged the general director of the enterprise to give the testimony they needed in court, which did not correspond to reality.

According to the publication, the representative of the Prosecutor General's Office did not name the persons involved in the criminal case, but it is known that the interests of the former mayor were represented by Yakov Sheinin and Sergei Golovanyuk from the Vysotsky, Sheinin and Partners law office.

Earlier, the Sovetsky District Court of Vladivostok satisfied the claim of the Prosecutor General's Office against Igor Pushkarev. The ex-mayor was found guilty of corruption and personal enrichment at the expense of corruption schemes, in which legal entities controlled by the Pushkarev family actively participated. The total claims amounted to 1,452 billion rubles. Previously, the plaintiffs insisted on the amount of damage in 3,281 billion rubles, but the claims were adjustedin February 2020. Enterprises that were controlled by Igor Pushkarev, resumed work by court decision also in February of this year. 

In April last year, Igor Pushkarev was sentenced to 15 years of colony a strict regime, a fine of 500 million rubles in favor of the state and 145 million rubles in compensation for damage to Municipal Unitary Enterprise “Roads of Vladivostok”. The former head of the city did not admit blame, insisting on the political background of the case.

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