Two new cases were opened against the ex-governor of the Khabarovsk Territory, Sergei Furgal, about fraud (Article 159 of the Criminal Code) and the organization of a criminal community (Article 210 of the Criminal Code). Reported by TASS and “Interfax” citing Furgal’s lawyers.
As Furgal’s lawyer Boris Kozhemyakin told Interfax, charges have not yet been brought against these cases, and the defense has not been officially notified of them. The punishment under these articles provides for up to 10 and up to 20 years in prison, respectively.
“At the moment, we have filed a motion to dismiss the murder case due to the lack of corpus delicti and are awaiting a decision on it,” Kozhemyakin added.
Another lawyer for Furgal, Mikhail Karapetyan, told TASS that the fraud case was connected with the Amurstal plant.
The son of the former governor of the Khabarovsk Territory, Anton Furgal, previously wrote on Instagram that “on October 20, my father was presented with a resolution to initiate a criminal case under Art. 210 and Art. 159 (organization of a criminal community and fraud, respectively).” According to him, the first interrogation of his father on new cases is scheduled for Monday, October 25.
Sergey Furgal served as the governor of the Khabarovsk Territory from September 2018 to July 2020. On the morning of July 9, he was detained near his home in Khabarovsk on suspicion of organizing murders in the 2000s and participation in a criminal gang.
After Furgal was detained, protests began in the Khabarovsk Territory. Supporters of the ex-governor consider the persecution to be political: a few years ago, in the elections for the head of the region, he unexpectedly bypassed a candidate supported by the Kremlin. The protesters demanded a fair trial. The ex-governor himself does not admit his guilt and complains of pressure from the side of the investigation.