25 Nov 2019 18:10

Husband of former Open Russia coordinator in Pskov accused or organizing arsons

PSKOV. Nov 25 (Interfax) - Artyom Milushkin, the husband of Open Russia coordinator in Pskov, is charged with organizing several arsons, in addition to the sale of psychotropic substances.

The man organized the commission by two other residents of Pskov, who are also prosecuted in the case, of two arsons of a tyre point in Zapadnaya Street and an arson of a cafe in the city of Pechory, Pskov region, in 2016 and 2018, the press service for the Pskov region's prosecutors said.

"One of these people, in addition to other things, illegally purchased, carried, stored and later provided to his friend a pistol made from a gas pistol to a firearm," the report said.

The man is charged with deliberate property destruction or damage, the press service said.

According to earlier reports, the Milushkins were charged with illegally selling large amounts of narcotics and psychotropic substances on the territory of the region in early 2019. The suspects' residence was searched several hours after the test purchases. A psychotropic substance called amphetamine and packaging with its traces were seized. Similar tare was received by operatives from the couple during a test purchase.

Criminal cases were opened against the couple based on the article of the Criminal Code dealing with illegal production, sale or sending of narcotics, psychotropic substances or their analogues.

The Pskov District Court took Milushkin into custody and put Milushkina under house arrest at the request of the preliminary investigative bodies on January 18. The arrest was later prolonged several times.

A second criminal case based on drug dealing was opened against Milushkina in March. The prosecutors said she had sold 2.16 grams of amphetamine to a man on January 13, 2019.

Milushkin was charged with drug dealing in 2011 in July 2019.

The case has been sent to the Pskov City Court to be tried on its merits.