Former Mayor of Yaroslavl Yevgeny Urlashov received 12 years in prison

Former Mayor of Yaroslavl Yevgeny Urlashov received 12 years in prison
Sentenced to 12 years in prison the former Mayor of Yaroslavl Yevgeny Urlashov does not plead his guilty Photo: ITAR-TASS

The court found Urlashov guilty of bribery and ordered to pay a fine of 60 million rubles.

The sentence to the former Mayor of Yaroslavl Yevgeny Urlashovu and his assistant Alexey Lopatin was read three days. According to the decision of the Kirov court, occupying the post of the Head of Yaroslavl, Urlashov received bribes from businessmen. In addition to the former Mayor, his advisor Lopatin was found guilty of bribery, he received a sentence of 7 years imprisonment. The third person, involved in a criminal case, the Urlashov's Deputy Donskov was acquitted. As reported by RIA Novosti, a judge ordered the maximum penalty on both counts and imposed on the ex-mayor of Yaroslavl an additional penalty of a fine of 60 million rubles.

There were taken into account mitigating circumstances – an aged mother, an infant daughter and positive characteristics from the local police officer and former subordinates of Yevgeny Urlashov.

Urlashov insisted on his innocence until the end of the process and even speaking with the last word, asked the court to understand the intricacies of the case. The lawyer of the ex-official Kseniya Karpinskaya called the verdict unjust and cruel and stated that the defense will appeal the decision.

Yevgeny Urlashov was arrested in July 2013 by officers of the General Administration for Economic Security and Combatting the Corruption. Shortly before the arrest of the Mayor of Yaroslavl said he was going to be a candidate for governor in the region. The Mayor of Yaroslavl was firstly accused of taking bribes in the amount of 14 million rubles, and then - in the second receiving a bribe of 30 million rubles.

According to the investigation, the first kick-back Urlashov demanded from the director of the company LLC Radostroy and a member of the party Edinaya Rossiya Sergey Shmelev. The second kick-back, as the prosecution contended, a senior official received from businessman Eduard Avdalyan for the transfer of a controlling stake in the urban traffic management of the construction company Yardorstroy.

Yevgeny Urlashov himself refused categorically to admit his guilt and stated that the case was fabricated in order to remove the inconvenient Mayor. "It was impossible to agree with me and they decided to sentence me", - said Urlashov at one of the Moscow City Court hearings, which extended his arrest. According to him, in the case files there are recordings of his talks with businessmen, which evidenced that businessmen were in cahoots.

The main evidence, on which the court ruled, were testimonies of two other defendants in the case – the businessman Andrey Zakharov and the Head of the Agency on the Municipal Contracts of City Hall Maxim Poykalaynen. They gave a confession.

Earlier, Boris Nemtsov and Ilya Yashin and the businessman Mikhail Prokhorov - the founder of a party Grazhdanskaya Platforma, from which Urlashov ran, supported the Mayor of Yaroslavl. 

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