Russian Investigative Committee Chairman Alexander Bastrykin has launched a criminal inquiry against parliamentarian Ilya Ponomaryov, who is suspected of abetting the embezzlement of the Skolkovo Foundation's money, committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax on June 9.
"The chairman of Russia's Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case against Ponomaryov under Part 5 of Article 33 and Part 4 of Article 160 of the Russian Penal Code [abetting embezzlement]. In compliance with existing legislation, this criminal case was opened with the State Duma's consent," he said.
This criminal case was opened as part of an investigation into misappropriations at the New Technologies Development and Commercialization Center (Skolkovo Foundation), he said.
"Since Ponomaryov is outside of Russia, the investigation plans to declare him internationally wanted and subsequently request his extradition in order to put him on trial in Russia. Simultaneously, the investigation will take measures to secure compensation for the damage caused by this crime," Markin said.
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