Ex-Head of Mari El Markelov denies taking bribes

Ex-Head of Mari El Markelov denies taking bribes
Former Head of Mari El Leonid Markelov

The former official insists on his innocence, his lawyer Igor Trunov declared.

Former Head of Mari El Leonid Markelov will be brought to Moscow on Thursday night, April 14, within investigation of criminal case on receiving a bribe of 235 million rubles. The official does not admit his guilt, TASS with reference to Markelov’s lawyer of Dmitry Trunov reports.

“Markelov categorically does not admit his guilt in taking of a bribe and rejects all charges”, the human rights activist told.

According to the lawyer, on April 14 the investigator intends to go with the petition in the Basmanny Court of the capital for election concerning Markelov of a measure of restraint.

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

According to the investigators, Markelov, being the Governor, more than 235 million rubles ($4.1m) as a bribe for protection and assistance at property payment of funds of the state support for development of an agricultural complex through authorized representative Natalia Kozhanova from Nikolay Krivash.

The decree on dismissal of Mari El Governor Leonid Markelov was signed by the Russian President on April 6. The Chairman of Arbitration Court of Moscow area, ex-deputy envoy of the president in Volga Federal District and former senator Aleksander Evstifeev is appointed the acting as the Head of the Republic.

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