Ex-chief of the Rusnanotech state corporation placed under house arrest until September 1

Basmanny Court in Moscow has ordered a house arrest of the ex-chief of the Rusnanotech state corporation, Leonid Melamed, in connection with a case over stealing the corporate assets, according to a ruling read out by Judge Natalya Mushnikova after hearing an investigator's request, an Interfax correspondent reported.

The court thus granted the investigator's request for the limitation of freedom and rejected the defense request for a 100 million ruble bail. Under the ruling, Melamed is to remain under house arrest until September 1.

The court deemed it necessary to impose on Melamed all limitations relating to a house arrest: a ban on communications, including by post, on socializing with anyone other than a close relative, a defense attorney or investigator, and on moving without a Moscow Penitentiary Service officer.

The case was opened against Svyatoslav Ponurov, who was in the suspect status for a long time, in September 2013 on the charge of abuse of office.

The Investigative Committee said on Friday that Melamed, his deputy Andrei Malyshev and the corporation's Financial Director Svyatoslav Ponurov are suspected of massive misuse of the state corporation's assets and abuse of office. The losses in question amount to over 220 million rubles, investigators said.

All rights reserved by Rossiyskaya Gazeta.