Ex-head of Mari El gets another ammunition storage charge

Ex-head of Mari El gets another ammunition storage charge
Leonid Markelov

Searches in the house of the official turned up live ammunition.

Another criminal case about illegal ammunition storage has been opened against Leonid Markelov, the former Head of the Republic of Mari El, already arrested on suspicion of bribery, according to the Moscow Basmanny Court.

“Another criminal case about illegal ammunition storage has been opened against Markelov," the court said in a press release.

Searches in Markelov’s house reportedly revealed live cartridges. A criminal case was instituted on December 26 under part 1 of Art. 222 of the Criminal Code (Illegal Storage Of Ammunition).

To remind: former Mari El Head Leonid Markelov was detained for taking a bribe on an especially large scale: he allegedly took 235.000.000 rubles ($4.1m) from Akashevskaya factory CEO Nikolay Krivash "for patronage and assistance". The money had been given as state support to the agricultural complex. According to investigators, the bribe was passed through Natalia Kozhanova, the head of Region 12 TV channel, who is also a person of interest in the case. Markelov has been in jail since April 2017, his detention period might be extended soon. The accused denies any wrongdoing.

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