The state Duma will consider the issue on giving consent on arresting the Deputy Ilya Ponomarev

MOSCOW, October 16. The state Duma will consider the proposal of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation about consent 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.

As explained to journalists the speaker of the lower chamber Sergei Naryshkin, the main speaker will be the Deputy Prosecutor General Vladimir Malinovsky, and the supplementary speeches are delivered by the head of the Duma Committee on rules Sergey Popov, there will also be presentations by representatives of the factions.

“Of course, our rules implies the statement of the Deputy Ponomarev. Right, of course, he is there, and he knows it,” added Naryshkin.

Previously Popov said that the state Duma “the Prosecutor General on giving consent to the execution of court decisions on bringing Ilya Ponomaryov to the arrest”. “This case is linked to the implementation of the requirements of the Criminal procedure code /CPC/ of the Russian Federation and the law on status of deputies (Duma) and a member of the Federation Council”, – he added.

The head of the Committee recalled that “in June the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation has addressed in court with the request to consent to the prosecution of the Deputy Ponomareva, since he was neither at one of the meetings with the investigators and nobody could find”. For these reasons, according to Popov, “the RF IC was forced to appeal to the Basmanny court” which ruled in absentia arrest Ponomarev.

“Then there was an appeal, but the Moscow city court confirmed the decision of the Basmanny court. And these documents were forwarded to the Prosecutor General”, – the Deputy continued. However, said Popov, “in accordance with the requirements of the code of criminal procedure and the law on the parliamentary status, execution of a judicial decision cannot be commenced without the consent of the state Duma (the arrest Ponomareva)”.

Earlier the Moscow city court upheld the arrest in absentia Ponomarev, accused of complicity in the embezzlement of $750 thousand of the Fund “SKOLKOVO”. Thus, the decision on correspondence arrest came into force. 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.