Ruslan Popov's Case: The Deputy General Prosecutor Remains Behind Bars

Julieta Saviţchi

Deputy Prosecutor General Ruslan Popov, accused in a criminal case of illicit enrichment, remains in pre-trial detention. The Chisinau court extended by another 15 days the arrest warrant issued in Popov's name.  

Ruslan Popov was detained on September 9, suspected of illicit enrichment, and on September 11, the Chisinau Court placed him under house arrest. The Chisinau Court of Appeal overturned the house arrest and issued a 20-day arrest warrant.

Last year, the Center for Investigative Journalism published a series of investigations into Ruslan Popov's property and alleged camouflaged business. Reporters described the prosecutor's business in agriculture, a business registered in his father's name, a refrigerator for storing fruit, housing and luxury cars.

On January 23, 2020, one day after the publication of the investigation into Popov's property, the General Prosecutor Alexandr Stoianoglo asked the National Integrity Authority to check the property of his deputy prosecutor, Ruslan Popov.

The General Prosecutor's Office announced that Stoianoglo made this decision at the request of Ruslan Popov, who, in turn, described the information about him as derogatory and threatens his honor and of his family.

A year and eight months  later after the start of the checks, ANI did not make a decision regarding Ruslan Popov on the grounds that "the verification actions are complex and time consuming".

Deputy Prosecutor General Ruslan Popov sued the Center for Investigative Journalism for violating honor and dignity. The trial is currently pending in the first instance.

Julieta Saviţchi

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