Member of Karelia Government Vitaly Galkin arrested for 2 months

Member of Karelia Government Vitaly Galkin arrested for 2 months
Vitaly Galkin in court

Head of the State Control Committee of the Republic of Karelia and a member of Government Vitaly Galkin, who was detained yesterday on suspicion of bribery, has been arrested until February 22, 2017 by the investigation's request.

As reported by TASS from the courtroom of the Petrozavodsk City Court, which has selected a measure of restraint for Galkin, the latter is accused of taking a bribe of 70 thousand rubles.

The suspect's lawyers petitioned for his release on bail in the amount of 5 million rubles, or a measure of restraint in the form of house arrest.

However, guided by fears that the official may abscond, destroy evidence, or influence witnesses, the Prosecutor's Office and the investigation have insisted on his detention.

Galkin is charged for Bribe-Taking on a Considerable Scale under part 5 of Art. 290 of the Russian Criminal Code. According to the investigation, in the period from October 23 to December 19, 2016, Galkin and his deputy Aleksey Bobylev received 70 thousand rubles from a representative of Bukhara LLC for the release from administrative responsibility and overall protection of business activity.

Four days later, on December 23, officials were detained by police officers in Petrozavodsk, and their apartments were searched.

It is reported that Bobylev had made a confession and has been released.

Vitaly Galkin has headed the State Control Committee of the Republic of Karelia since its foundation. The Committee was established in March 2015 by the decree of the head of the Republic of Karelia for the prevention of corruption offenses and control of alcohol products turnover in the region.

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