Ex-head of Rusnano to be released from house arrest on February 22 – lawyer
MOSCOW, February 21 (RAPSI) – Former head of the state-owned technology corporation Rusnano, Leonid Melamed, charged with embezzlement, will be freed from house arrest on February 22, his attorney Ruslan Kozhura told RAPSI on Wednesday.
According to the lawyer, the term of Melamed’s house arrest is to expire at midnight.
On Wednesday, the Moscow City Court upheld a lower court’s ruling returning the case against Melamed and another ex-manager of the corporation, Svyatoslav Ponurov, also charged with embezzlement, to prosecutors.
On December 8, the court proposed to return the case on its own volition. Lawyer Ruslan Kozhura said that the initiative was supported by defense of Melamed and Ponurov. According to Kozhura, the court noted that currently presented evidence does not reveal the nature of charges.
Earlier, Anatoly Chubais, Chairman of the Executive Board of Rusnano, testified in the case.
The Investigative Committee claims that between 2007 and 2009, Melamed along with ex- corporation managers Andrey Malyshev and Svyatoslav Ponurov illegally transferred over 220 million rubles ($3.7 million at the current exchange rate) from Rusnano to Alemar Co. controlled by Melamed. The defendants pled not guilty.
According to the information available, the case was opened after the check of the corporation’s finance indicators by the Audit Chamber. The defendants have been charged with large-scale embezzlement of public funds.