Moscow court deems searches in apartment of Sochi vice-mayor accused of corruption illegal
The complaint of Sergey Yurin and his defense was sent for a new consideration.
The Moscow City Court deemed the searches in the apartment of Sochi vice-mayor Sergey Yurin, whom the investigation accused of bribery, illegal and sent the complaint to the first instance court for a new consideration, TASS reports with reference to lawyer Igor Isayev.
“During the arrest, the position of the Prosecutor General’s Office on Yurin’s noninvolvement was expressed after the search, therefore, nothing relating to the investigation was seized,” the defender said.
According to Isayev, during the searches, only things belonging to Yurin’s wife were seized. Now, the Basmanny District Court of Moscow will once again consider the complaint of the defense, but in a different judicial panel.
The law enforcement authorities detained Yurin after the search, on October 17, 2018. The criminal case was initiated on October 15. According to the investigators, Yurin received a bribe on a large scale from 2010 to 2016.
On October 19, the Basmanny Court of Moscow took the following persons of interest into custody until December 15: Yurin, his predecessor in the city administration, the deputy head of the ANO Rosgonki, Anatoly Rykov, the former deputy head of the legal department of the Sochi administration, Andrey Leventyuk, the deputy director of the Sochi administration’s economics and strategic development department, Alexander Ivanov, lawyers Nikolay Grebenyuk and Alexey Litvinov, the owner of the manufactory Yug and the alleged bribe-giver, Igor Stroganov.
The Investigations Directorate in the Leningrad Region of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation (ICR) is going through turbulent times. After an unexpected replacement of the supreme command, the winds of change started blowing. Colonel of justice Pavel Vymenets, the new acting head of the agency, launched personnel reshuffles. According to sources, all means are used to purge the ranks from corrupt officers, including collection of compromising materials and denunciations.