Ex-head of Mari El accused of bribery achieves reduction of sentence

Ex-head of Mari El accused of bribery achieves reduction of sentence
Leonid Markelov

The Moscow City Court has partially granted the petition of the former official’s defense, reducing his arrest by a month.

Former Head of the Republic of Mari El Leonid Markelov had achieved a revision of the preventive measure by the Moscow City Court, as a result of which his term of arrest was reduced by a month, TASS reports citing the court’s press service.

Thus, Markelov may be released on January 12, 2018. His defense had applied for a preventive measure not related to deprivation of liberty.

Previously, the Basmanny Court of Moscow had extended the arrest to Markelov and his alleged accomplice Natalya Kozhanova until February 12, 2018.

According to the investigation, the former head of Mari El had received a bribe of 235 million rubles ($4 million) from the now-internationally wanted owner of Akashevakaya factory Nikolay Krivash. In exchange, the region head had promised to provide protection and assistance in property payment of state support for the development of the agricultural complex. All case defendants do not admit their guilt, arguing that he had not actually taken the bribe, but sold his agricultural company Teplichnoe JSC.

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