2 Apr 2018 14:38

Peskov on Magomedovs' arrest: it is incorrect to say anything before investigation is completed, their guilt or innocence will be determined by court

MOSCOW. April 2 (Interfax) - Discussions of the possible connections between conflicts among certain groups ahead of the upcoming formation of the new government and the arrest of the Magomedov brothers, co-owners of the Summa Group, is "political experts' speculation," Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

During a meeting with journalists on Monday, Peskov was asked whether the criminal case against the Magomedov brothers may "be a reflection of certain conflict processes between various groups ahead of the formation of the new government or of certain political processes."

"This is really just political experts' speculation. Let's leave it to political experts, and, of course, we cannot take part in such discussions," Peskov said.

With respect to the arrest of the co-owners of the Summa Group, who have been charged with organizing a criminal group, Peskov was asked whether the Kremlin believes this is a manifestation of the systematic fight against fraud in the sphere of state procurement contracts or an attempt to "pressure specific businessmen."

"No, these aren't some one-off measures. You know that very tough targeted policies are being pursued in terms of monitoring the use of public funds. Here we see accusations against the Magomedovs, an investigation is underway, so it would be improper say anything. Then there will be a trial, which will determine whether the detainees are guilty or innocent," Peskov said.

"There is nothing more to say for now," he said.