At a meeting on Wednesday, the Federation Council prematurely terminated Oleg Melnichenko’s senatorial powers, TASS reports.
Earlier, Vladimir Putin appointed Oleg Melnichenko Acting Governor of the Penza Region. Speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko noted that Melnichenko as a senator had earned the trust of all members of the House.
Recall that the former governor of the region, Ivan Belozertsev, became a defendant in a criminal case and was removed from his post. Belozertsev was detained on March 21 and arrested the next day. He is accused of accepting bribes from businessman Boris Shpigel, his wife Yevgenia and director of OJSC “Pharmacy” Anton Koloskov in the total amount of more than 31 million rubles.
It is also reported about the termination of powers of the senator from the Tyumen region Mikhail Ponomarev, who died at the age of 68. A source told the agency that Ponomarev died of cardiac arrest. He served as Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Economic Policy.