Enjoying ad-free content?
Since July 1, 2024, we have disabled all ads to improve your reading experience.
This commitment costs us $10,000 a month. Your support can help us fill the gap.
Support us
Our journalism is banned in Russia. We need your help to keep providing you with the truth.

Just Russia Deputy Faces Fraud Charges

Oleg Mikheyev srduma.ru

Investigators have opened a criminal case against State Duma deputy Oleg Mikheyev on charges of attempted fraud and obstructing justice with the use of his official position, the Investigative Committee said in a statement on its official website Thursday.

The Just Russia deputy is accused of being part of a criminal scheme to seize 14 pieces of real estate belonging to the Volgograd Engine-Building Plant with a combined value of 500 million rubles ($16.7 million), attempting a theft of over 2 billion rubles from Promsvyazbank and obstructing justice, the statement said.

The fraud charges carry a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison, and the obstructing justice charge up to four years in prison.

Mikheyev denies the accusations, citing "some 40 court rulings concerning the Volgograd Engine-Building Plant's [property] that prove the legality of those deals," Gazeta.ru reported.

He also denies any liability to the bank, claiming instead that the latter owes him 2 billion rubles, the report said.

Mikheyev said he is willing to provide any documents required to prove his innocence.

Mikheyev was stripped of his parliamentary immunity by the Duma late last year at the request of the Prosecutor General's office.

Related articles:

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more