Businessman Sergei Polonsky (right)
Photo: Sergey Bobylev/TASS
The investigation of the criminal case of Sergei Polonsky, who is accused of embezzlement of funds of co-investors, completed and sent to the court. The case is already transferred to the court in July, but the court returned it to prosecutors. The businessman faces up to ten years in prison, he pleads not guilty
Investigative Department of the MIA of Russia has completed the investigation against the former head of Mirax Group Sergei Polonsky and two other defendants accused of stealing the money of investors LCD “Kutuzovskaya mile” and “Rublevsky Riviera” and sent the case back to the court for consideration on the merits. About this informed the official representative of Department Irina Wolf.
Polonsky was charged under part 4 of article 159 of the criminal code (fraud committed by an organized group or in especially large size or resulting in the deprivation of the rights of citizens to housing), which provide penalties of up to 10 years in prison.
As has explained then the lawyer Polonsky, Aleksey Tsaplin, the judge saw the actions of the defendants in the signs of an organized group. If initially they were charged with fraud in especially large size, has now added an additional aggravating circumstance and the prosecution was increased.
The consequence considers that in 2008-2009 Polonsky together with Alexei Adikaev, Dmitry Lutsenko and Maxim by Temnikova with the complicity of the head of the financial Department of Mirax Group Alexander Paperno and General Director of OOO “AVANTA” Alex Pronyakin was positely from co-investors LCD “Kutuzovskaya mile” and “Rublevsky Riviera” 2.6 billion rubles.
Polonsky did not recognize his guilt. Paperno and Pronyakin were two other defendants, passing him one.
Polonsky was hiding from Russian law enforcement in Cambodia, but in may 2015, the authorities extradited him to Russia. In December last year, the court refused to release Polonsky on bail of 20 million rubles and extended his arrest. Now the businessman is in custody in the SIZO “Matrosskaya Tishina”.