MOSCOW, August 6 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia’s Investigations Committee (SK) has submitted to the Prosecutor General’s Office and the State Duma lower parliament house materials evidencing that lawmaker Gennady Gudkov violated law banning state servants to engage in business activities, committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass on Monday.
According to Marking, these materials prove that in September 2008 Gudkov purchased a stake in the company Kolomensky Stroitel [dominating the marker in the Moscow region – Itar-Tass] and that he receives incomes from Roshan OOO.
“The pre-investigation check exposed that in September 2008, Gennady Gudkov, being a member of the Russian State Duma and occupying the post of a committee chairman, i.e. being a state servant, acquired a stake in the authorized capital of Kolometsky Stroitel OOO under a deed of gift. After that, the lawmaker signed together with his wife a deed of incorporation and made a contribution to the authorized capital equaling his stake (65.72 percent),” Markin said. “Later on, the meeting of shareholders adopted a new edition of the charter and Gudkov, a member of the managing body de jure and de facto, has been heading the company, taking decision about appointment of directors, distribution of profits, forming the authorized capital, and taking other actions in the interests of this legal entity.”
Apart from that, according to information from the Federal Tax Service, since December 25, 2008, Gudkov has been the sole participant in Roshan OOO and its supreme management body, and the sole receiver of profits from its operation.
“Based on this information, investigators claim lawmaker Gudkov has violated the Russian constitution and the federal law on the status of a Russian State Duma member, which prohibit a lawmaker to engage in any entrepreneurial and paid activities and to be a managerial body member in a company or a commercial organization,” the spokesman stressed.
“A procedural decision will be taken based on the results of the pre-investigation check,” he added. “But already today, the Investigations Committee submitted evidence proving violations of constitutional and legal bans by Gudkov to the Russian prosecutor general and the speaker of the State Duma for decisions in their competences,” Markin said.
According to the spokesman, the Investigations Committee continues the procedural check into Gudkov’s illegal entrepreneurial activities, or into event of the crime under Article 289 of the Russian Criminal Code (illegal participation in business activities, a charge carrying a fine of up to 300,000 roubles, the deprivation of the right to do some concrete activities for a term up to five years, correctional works or even a term of up to two years in prison).
The Russian Investigations Committee launched in late June a pre-investigation probe into an application submitted by Bulgarian national Ivailo Zartov, who claimed that Gudkov was engaged in illegal entrepreneur activity, including in companies registered in Bulgaria and Gibraltar.