Russia: Extradited co-owner of ill-fated Kemerovo mall charged with $100k bribery

A co-owner of Zimnyaya Vishnya (Winter Cherry) shopping mall that became a site of deadly fire killing 60 people in Russia’s Kemerovo in March 2018 has been charged with giving a 7-million-ruble bribe (about $100,000), according to a statement of the Investigative Committee.

After extradition from Poland last week, Vyacheslav Vishnevsky passed a test for coronavirus.When received a negative take, he was charged and questioned in the presence of a defense lawyer, the statement reads.

Vishnevsky, ex-CEO of the Kemerovo confectionary complex and co-owner of the burnt mall, left Russia in 2016. He was arrested in absentia and put on the international wanted list. He was charged with giving a bribe and arrested in absentia in relation to the investigation into the mall fire case. In March 2019, he was arrested in Poland.

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