The former head of Mirax Group Sergei Polonsky has asked the interior Ministry to reclassify his case, however, the Agency refused him. About it writes “Kommersant” with reference to its sources and lawyers of the businessman.
According to the newspaper, a few weeks ago, Polonsky’s lawyers demanded the investigation to classify the case with part 4 of article 159 of the criminal code (fraud in especially large size) in article 200.3 of the criminal code (raising funds from citizens in violation of the requirements of the legislation of the Russian Federation on participation in construction of apartment buildings and other real estate). This rule started to work only on 12 may, it provides imprisonment up to two years, while the current article is brought to him, threatens him 12 years of a colony. In addition, as said by the lawyer of the businessman Alexey Tsaplin, her his client could leave from-under arrest (on charges of minor crimes does not provide for detention) and rely on the termination of the case due to the expiration of the Statute of limitations.
In the response that the defence has written to the interior Ministry, says that the Agency is not going to reclassify the charge. Investigators believe that the money of the depositors of the Polonsky-controlled company had attracted legitimate, and their intent on stealing from him came after that. Polonsky’s lawyers plan to appeal against the refusal of the Ministry of interior.
Polonsky is accused of cheating shareholders in the construction of residential complexes in Moscow. The consequence considers that by his actions he caused the damage of 2.5 billion rubles. the businessman pleaded not guilty.