The state Duma gave its consent to the arrest of MP Ilya Ponomarev

MOSCOW, October 16. The state Duma gave its consent to the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation on application to the Deputy of the faction “Fair Russia” Ilya Ponomarev, selected by the court of a preventive measure in the form of an opinion custody. For this decision voted 417 deputies, 3 were against.

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Basmanny court in June ruled in absentia arrest of Ilya Ponomarev, which became effective in late August, after the rejection of the Moscow city court the appeal complaint of protection of the Deputy. However, as explained by the head of the Committee on rules Sergey Popov, “in accordance with the requirements of the code of criminal procedure and the law on status of Deputy of the state Duma and councillors of Federation FS of the Russian Federation, execution of a judicial decision cannot be commenced without the consent of the state Duma”.

Ponomarev is currently outside the Russian Federation and declared in the international search.

The state Duma on 7 April Ponomareva stripped of parliamentary immunity on the basis of materials of the Prosecutor General, and 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. It comes to the payment of 750 thousand dollars /more than 22 million roubles/ on concluded in 2010 the agreement for scientific-research works and lectures.