The prosecution on Wednesday asked for a conditional jail sentence for Andrei Krasnoglazov, director of the branch of the Pushkin Institute in the northeast Estonian border city of Narva. Krasnoglazov is facing charges for embezzlement, counterfeiting of documents, and the use of counterfeited documents.
At the close of the judiciary proceeding in the Narva courthouse of the Viru county court, the prosecutor asked for Krasnoglazov to be found guilty on the charges and punished with a conditional jail sentence of two years, one month and 28 days with a four-year probation. The prosecution also wants Krasnoglazov to have to pay €8,955.42, equal to the amount embezzled by him for his own benefit or for the benefit of third persons. The nonprofit Pushkin Institute should be ordered to pay €6,000 as a pecuniary punishment, according to the prosecutor.
The defense asked for Krasnoglazov and the Pushkin Institute to be acquitted on all charges.
The director and the Pushkin Institute pleaded not guilty. Both are accused of embezzlement, counterfeiting of documents and use of counterfeited documents.
The investigation regarding Krasnoglazov, 53, was opened in March 2015.
"According to the statement of charges, Krasnoglazov in his capacity as board member of MTU Puskini Instituut in 2014-2015 repeatedly turned to his own benefit or for the benefit of third persons money or other assets in the total amount of €8,955.42 acquired for the financial support granted to the nonprofit by the Narva city government," Jelena Filippova, spokesperson for the Viru district prosecutor's office, said.
"According to the statement of charges, Krasnoglazov during that period presented incorrect data knowingly and on repeated occasions in the reports about the use of the funds sent to the city of Narva," she added.
Under the Penal Code, an offense like this is punishable with a fine if committed by a legal person and with up to five years in jail if committed by a private person.
Lawyer for Krasnoglazov Margus Mugu told regional newspaper Põhjarannik that the city of Narva has not filed a civil lawsuit. "This means that the city has not lost money," he said.
Mugu also said that he hasn't been able to find out who the plaintiff is in said legal case, when the claim arose, and who it was filed against.
Editor: Dario Cavegn