Chelyabinsk region ex-Head's $52.9m-worth property to be seized

Chelyabinsk region ex-Head's $52.9m-worth property to be seized
Former Governor of the Chelyabinsk region Mikhail Yurevich

The investigators filed an application for seizure of 8 real estate objects, as well as 8 bank accounts.⁠

The Investigative Committee of Russia asked the Central Court of Chelyabinsk to arrest the property of former Chelyabinsk Region Governor Mikhail Yurevich, who is wanted upon the case of multi-million bribery.

The press service of the Central District Court told that it is about the arrest of 8 properties. Among them: apartment, garage, car place and land. In addition, the investigation solicits the arrest of Yurevich's eight accounts in various banks.

The court will choose the fate of bank accounts and real estate objects of the ex-Head of the region today.

As the CrimeRussia wrote earlier, Yurevich is charged with Bribe-Taking (part 6 of Article 290 of the Criminal Code) and Incitement to Slander (part 4 of Article 33 and part 2 of Article 128.1 of the Criminal Code). According to the case materials, being the Head of the Chelyabinsk region (from 2010 to 2014), Yurevich regularly received bribes from his subordinate, Minister of Health of the region Vitaly Teslenko (in 2014 he was sentenced for seven years also for bribes of 70 million rubles - $1.2m) for general protection. The total amount of the bribe amounted to 26 million rubles ($459.800). In addition, according to the ICR of the Russian Federation, a program with defamation addressed to ex-chairman of the Chelyabinsk Regional Court Fyodor Vyatkin was published. Also, according to investigators, during his work as Governor, Yurevich received bribes from entrepreneurs of the Chelyabinsk region on an especially large scale for a total of at least 3.4 billion rubles ($53m). In the last episode, the defendants are also mother-in-law of the State Duma deputy Vadim Belousov, business partner of Yurevich Margarita Butakova, as well as assistant to parliamentarian Andrey Churkin. Butakova and Churkin are charged with mediation in bribery.

Yurevich denies his guilt. Currently he is abroad. His defense claims that he can not stand trial for interrogation for health reasons.

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