Mari El's ex-Head to be tried in Nizhny Novgorod
The arrest of the ex-official, accused of receiving more than 235 million rubles of a bribe, extended until May 3.
The criminal case of the former head of the Republic of Mari El, Leonid Markelov, accused of receiving more than 235 million rubles as a bribe, will be considered by the Nizhny Novgorod District Court. This decision was made by the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation because of Markelov’s connections in the law enforcement agencies and authorities of Mari El. The arrest of the defendant extended until May 3, TASS reports about this.
“Markelov had contacts with officials of the republic, supported them and promoted their relatives,” the court said.
To ensure the objectivity of the trial, the case file will be transferred to Nizhny Novgorod.
Markelov was dismissed from his post by a decree of Russian President Vladimir Putin from April 6, 2017. On April 14, the ex-official was sent to Lefortovo SIZO. According to investigators, Markelov received money in exchange for patronage, and stored ammunition illegally.