Chelyabinsk ex-Governor sends doctor’s note from London
Mikhail Yurevich has not shown up for interrogation for the third time.
The lawyer of the former Chelyabinsk region Governor and former State Duma deputy filed a motion to postpone investigative actions against his client yesterday, reported Kommersant. Igor Trunov provided medical documents to the Investigative Committee proving that Yurevich is undergoing additional examination and treatment in London. Trunov added that the treatment would take "at least a month". Moreover, the lawyer is going to appeal to the Leninsky District Court of Yekaterinburg in the next few days, asking to reconsider the decision to initiate a criminal case against Yurevich.
We should remind that the ex-Governor was summoned for questioning as a defendant in a criminal case yesterday. The proceedings were brought under Art. Bribe-Taking (part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and Incitement to Slander (part 4 of Art. 33 and part 2 of Art. 128.1 of the Criminal Code). The former official had ignored the interrogation summons two times before, on March 17 and 20. All this time he was under treatment in Israel, according to his lawyers. He flew off to London just the day before the third attempt to hear his testimony. Trunov stressed that his client was not hiding from anyone, and there was a valid excuse he could not come to the Investigative Committee.
According to the case file, being the Head of the Chelyabinsk region (between 2010 and 2014), Yurevich would take bribes on regular basis. In return he promised a general protection for his subordinate, Health Minister of the region Vitaly Teslenko (he was jailed for seven years in 2014, also for bribes totaling 70 million rubles). The Governor’s bribes amounted to 26 million rubles ($450.000).
In addition, Yurevich allegedly instigated first Deputy Governor Oleg Grachev to spread defamation about the work of Chelyabinsk regional court chairman Fyodor Vyatkin. The false information about him was disseminated through federal TV channels. In particular, a 2012 episode of Channel One’s Man and Law show linked Vyatkin to a criminal gang that the locals dubbed Kalininskaya Semiya (Kalinin Family).