Ex-governor of Mari El arrested under case on bribe taking

Ex-governor of Mari El arrested under case on bribe taking
Former head of Mari El Leonid Markelov

Leonid Markelov will stay in the pre-trial detention center till June 12. He is suspected of receiving 235 million rubles.⁠

Basmanny Court of Moscow passed the decision on arrest of former head of the Republic of Mari El Leonid Markelov till June 12. He is accused of taking bribe of 235 million rubles.

Thus, the court satisfied the petition of the investigator, refusing Markelov’s defense in putting him under house arrest or releasing on bail in the amount of 3 to 5 million rubles.

As the CrimeRussia wrote earlier, criminal case against the former head of Mari El was initiated under part 6 Art. 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Taking Bribe). Besides, among the defendants in the case there are also founder of JSC Akashevskaya factory Nikolay Krivash and head of local TV channel Region 12 Natalya Kozhanova, they are incriminated part 5 Art. 291 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Bribe Giving) and part 4 Art. 291.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Mediation in bribery).

According to the investigators, Markelov, being the governor, received more than 235 million rubles as a bribe through authorized representative Natalia Kozhanova from Nikolay Krivash for protection and assistance at property payment of funds of the state support for development of an agricultural complex.

The decree on dismissal of governor of Mari El Leonid Markelov was signed by the Russian President on April 6. The chairman of Arbitration court of Moscow area, the ex-deputy envoy of the president in Volga Federal District and the former senator Alexander Evstifeev is appointed the acting as the head of the republic.

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