Andrei Ishchenko was arrested on April 4 on suspicion of fraud. According to investigators, the former gubernatorial candidate fraudulently stole money from shareholders during the construction of an apartment building on Safonova Street in Vladivostok from 2016 to 2021.
187 people were recognized as victims, and the total amount of damage amounted to more than 105 million rubles. By Data PrimaMedia, said house was supposed to be delivered in 2018, but construction was frozen. According to Ishchenko himself, his company ran into financial difficulties after the gubernatorial elections. At the end of 2021, the politician was searched.
In 2018, Ishchenko ran for governor of the Communist Party’s Primorsky Krai. In the second ballot, he was in the lead, ahead of the region’s interim leader, Andrei Tarasenko, appointed by United Russia. However, after counting the remaining ballots, Tarasenko pulled ahead.
The communist said the election results were rigged, after which protests took place in Vladivostok. On September 20, the electoral committee declared the results of the vote invalid. In the next election, Ishchenko’s rival was supposed to be the region’s new acting leader, Oleg Kozhemyako, but the Communist Party refused to renominate its candidate. Kozhemyako eventually won the election.
In late 2019, the Communist Party of the Russian Federation expelled Ishchenko from the party, claiming the former gubernatorial candidate was discrediting his colleagues.
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