Court arrests Alexey Belyukov in absentia

The Major Investigations Directorate of the Russia’s Investigative Committee continues investigating a criminal case against former Development and Commercialization Senior Vice President Skolkovo Foundation Alexey Beltyukov and State Duma deputy Ilya Ponomaryov. Depending on the role of each one they are charged with a crime under part 4 of article 160 of the RF Penal Code, part 5 of article 33 and part 4 of article 160 (embezzlement and complicity in embezzlement).

As Beltyukov is hiding from investigators, it has been decided to put him on an international wanted list. Today a court has satisfied the investigators’ request and ruled to put Beltyukov in custody in absentia. Before that, the court satisfied the similar request related to the other defendant Ponomaryov, who failed to show up for having been charged and according to the information the investigators have left Russia. He is also wanted around the world.

According to the investigators, in 2010, Skolkovo and Ponomaryov signed a contract on research activity worth around 750 thousand USD. However, the money was stolen by Beltyukov with complicity of Ponomaryov.

The investigation is ongoing.

Head of Media Relations                                                                                                                             V.I. Markin