MOSCOW, October 16 (Itar-Tass) — The Investigative Committee /SK/ exposed facts of running business by United Russia lawmaker Alexei Knyshov. The materials of the check will be submitted to the State Duma lower house of the Russian parliament, SK spokesman Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.
In connection with the request by first deputy chairman of the State Duma committee for constitutional legislation and state development Alexander Agayev, the SK's main department ran a procedural check into facts of illegal involvement of State Duma deputy Alexei Knyshov in entrepreneurial activity, i.e. the crime covered by Article 289, of Russia’s penal code. The reasons for check are the materials confirming the facts of Knyshov's founding and participating in running commercial bodies both in Russia and abroad.
"According to available information, Knyshov, in the period from September 17, 2010, through August 30, 2012, was a member of a governing body, i.e. he was a member of the board of directors of the commercial organization Inbister s.r.o., Bratislava, which he had jointly founded with Russian citizen Kirsanov in the Slovak republic as a limited liability company," Makrin said.
"In addition, Knyshov is presently registered as a founder or co-founder of 12 commercial firms in Russia," the spokeswoman said.
According to the Federal Tax Service, Knyshov, until December 21, 2011, was director of two companies had had founded: the Don Group of Construction Companies, and the Rostovstroimaterialy production association.
"The investigators, on the strength of the obtained data, believe that State Duma deputy Knyshev violated provisions of the Russian Constitution and the federal law on the status of the member of the Federation Council and the status of the State Duma lawmkwer, according to which the State Duma lawmker has no right to engage in business or any other paid activity, or be on a governing body of an economic entity or any commercial organization," the SK spokesman underlined.
A procedural decision will be made by the results of the pre-investigation check.
"However, the information about Knyshov's failure to comply with the restrictions, bans and obligations set by the Constitution and Russian laws, that were exposed during the procedural check, will be forwarded to the Russian prosecutor general and the State Duma speaker for passing decisions within the scope of their competence," Markin added.