The state Duma Committee will consider the request of the Prosecutor General’s office about the arrest in absentia of Ilya Ponomareva


MOSCOW, October 13. The profile state Duma Committee on rules will consider the request of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation about correspondence arrest of the Deputy from the faction “Fair Russia” Ilya Ponomareva.

As reported TASS the head of the Committee Sergey Popov, to consider the submission of the Prosecutor General of the consent of the deputies for the arrest Ponomarev. “We were invited to a meeting of representatives of departments”, – he said.

While Popov did not exclude that the question on the meeting of the state Duma may be considered beginning on Friday, October 16. “According to regulations, Wednesday (15 October) we plan to put (a question about correspondence arrest of Ponomareva on the Council (Duma), and on Friday /16/ October – at the meeting of the chamber”, – concluded the head of the Committee.

In turn, as explained the first Deputy Chairman of the lower house Committee on rules Nadezhda Gerasimova (“United Russia”), referring to the request of the Prosecutor General on giving consent of the state Duma of the application against Ilya Ponomaryov of a measure of restraint in form of detention for execution of the judgment. “There is a judgment (the arrest in absentia). It was challenged, but the appeals court changed the decision of the court, it entered into force. Ponomarev is on the international wanted list, in case of detention the Prosecutor’s office must have the consent of the state Duma as a Deputy,” added the MP.

The Moscow city court upheld the arrest in absentia of Ilya Ponomarev, who is accused of complicity in the embezzlement of $750 thousand of the Fund “SKOLKOVO”. Thus, the decision on correspondence arrest came into force. “The decision of the Basmanny court of Moscow about election concerning Ponomareva of a measure of restraint in form of detention in absentia to leave without change, the appeal complaint of protection without satisfaction”, – announced the judge. Ponomarev is currently declared in the international search.

The state Duma on April 7 deprived him of parliamentary immunity on the basis of materials of the Prosecutor General, and in June the UK opened a criminal case against him. The consequence incriminates to the parliamentarian aiding in the embezzlement of funds allocated for promotion developed by the Fund “SKOLKOVO” innovation, which accused the second defendant in the case – senior Vice President for development and commercialization “SKOLKOVO” Alexey Beltyukov. We are talking about paying $750 million (over 22 million) concluded in 2010 the agreement for scientific – research works and lectures.