Russia’s Supreme court upheld the deprivation of powers of the Deputy of the state Duma Ilya Ponomarev, accused of embezzlement of funds of the innovation center “SKOLKOVO”. Earlier, the former MP, who this summer received a temporary residence permit in Ukraine, was deprived of his mandate “for absenteeism”.
“The judicial Board decided the appeal of the lawyer against the ruling of the state Duma early termination of powers of the Deputy Ponomareva to leave without satisfaction”, – announced the decision to the Supreme court on Thursday (quoted by RIA “Novosti”).
The state Duma June 10, deprived of the Deputy mandate Ponomareva, who left Russia because of the criminal prosecution on the case of embezzlement of funds of the Fund “SKOLKOVO” for systematic failure to perform his duties, including truancy plenary meetings.
For deprivation of Deputy powers Ponomarev spoke 413 deputies, and only three voted against. The basis for this decision was the systematic failure of his duties, including truancy plenary meetings. It is noteworthy that the discussion has tried to suspend the opposition MP Dmitry Gudkov, who drew attention to the fact that the hall was personally present only 123 deputies.
In response, Vice speaker of the state Duma Sergei Zheleznyak proposed Gudkov to count the number of deputies to the hour of voting and not during debate. Later, Gudkov wrote in Facebook that in the hours of voting, “hall continued habitually to gape empty chairs”. As proof, he released a video, filmed on a smartphone and showing that “in the hall there are less than 200 members,” and the present “run” by voting other people’s keys.
6 Jun faction of the socialist party unanimously voted for early deprivation
mandates Ponomarev and the suspect in the fraud of the Deputy Alexei Mitrofanov, who is also abroad and regularly preslavska to the state Duma a notarized letter about his serious illness. However, at the meeting of 10 June question Mitrofanov decided to postpone.
Previously Ponomarev, commenting on the deliberations of the deputies of a question on deprivation of its powers, said that the situation “when the representatives of one party deprived the representatives of other political forces mandate that contradicts basic idea of parliamentarism” and “unconstitutional”.
Ponomarev also pointed out that the power of attorney for voting at the plenary sessions of the lower house was decorated from it by Dmitry Gudkov, a power of attorney to vote in the state Duma Committee on Anatoly Aksakov, allowing not to break the law. While the parliamentary salary which he was charged, took the “SKOLKOVO” Foundation “to repay the debt that they themselves drew,” said the ex-Deputy.
Ilya Ponomarev was deprived of parliamentary immunity at the beginning of 2015, and in April of the same year, the state Duma gave its consent to the initiation of the criminal case against him. A case of aiding and abetting in the embezzlement of $ 750 thousand of the SKOLKOVO Foundation, Investigative Committee filed in June 2015. Ponomarev was declared in the international search. He called the prosecution politically motivated and said he didn’t want to return home.
Also it is worth reminding that the vote in the state Duma for the ratification of the Treaty of accession of Crimea and Sevastopol to Russia on March 20, 2014 Ilya Ponomarev was the only MP who voted against what the liberal Democrats the next day suggested to deprive of its mandate.