Ukrianian court puts on hold lawsuit against ban on Russian social networksWorld May 28, 6:10
Russia’s Lasitskene wins high jump in Diamond League event in Eugene, USSport May 28, 4:59
Havana Airport gets Russian-made air traffic control systemsWorld May 28, 4:16
Guests of FIFA 2018 World Cup sure to get warm welcome in Russia — LavrovSport May 28, 2:25
Kantemir Balagov’s "Closeness" gets Cannes Festival’s International Critics’ PrizeSociety & Culture May 28, 1:03
Anti-church laws in Ukraine may cause religious strife — Ukrainian Orthodox ChurchWorld May 28, 0:22
Russia’s national football team absolutely clear of doping — doctorSport May 28, 0:14
Russian cyclist Zakarin finishes second in Giro d’Italia Stage 20Sport May 27, 22:27
Putin, Erdogan agree to develop coordination of efforts for settlement in SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 27, 19:29
MOSCOW, April 7 /TASS/. The Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) has stripped Deputy Ilya Ponomaryov of his parliamentary immunity by 438 votes with one against on Tuesday. The deputies also satisfied the request of the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office to give consent to the initiation of criminal proceedings against Ponomaryov.
The Russian Investigation Committee believes that Ilya Ponomaryov took the most active part in misappropriating 22 million rubles, or around $399, 630, worth of budget funds allocated to the Skolkovo Foundation, the main agency responsible for the Russian Skolkovo Innovation Center, with which Ponomaryov had concluded contracts for carrying out scientific research and reading lectures.
Ponomaryov is formally a member of "A Just Russia" party’s parliamentary faction whose leadership had demanded he hand over his mandate many times.
Russia’s First Deputy Chief Prosecutor Alexander Buksman said in his speec h at a State Duma meeting earlier on Tuesday that Ponomaryov’s case was far from being isolated.
"We have sent other materials on the Skolkovo Foundation case to prosecutors who are going to initiate criminal proceedings against the foundation’s management for distributing grants to their pocket structures," Buksman told the deputies.