MP Belousov deprived of immunity suspected of gang participation

MP Belousov deprived of immunity suspected of gang participation
Vadim Belousov Photo: Dmitry Dukhanin / Kommersant

According to investigators, the participants in the gang received bribes in the amount of 3.2 billion rubles ($47.9m) for concluding government contracts for the construction and repair of roads.

The Main Investigation Department of the ICR suspects Vadim Belousov, deprived of immunity of the State Duma deputy from A Just Russia, to participate in the organized criminal group, whose members received 3.2 billion rubles as bribes for concluding government contracts for the construction and repair of roads and general patronage, Kommersant reports. It is noted that the damage from the actions of the gang is compensated by its members’ assets attachment.

According to investigators, the criminal group operated from 2011 to 2014. The organized criminal group provided patronage to a large Chelyabinsk holding. Bribes were transferred in parts “both personally and through intermediaries” in Chelyabinsk and Moscow.

The ex-Governor of the Chelyabinsk region, Mikhail Yurevich, who lives in the UK and is internationally wanted, is also suspected of participating in the organized criminal group, as well as Andrey Churkin, director of the Moscow representative office of Makfa OJSC, who worked as Belousov’s assistant, and his mother-in-law Margarita Butakova, who was the chief accountant of the Pervy Khlebokombinat JSC. Churkin and Butakova were arrested on the charge of Bribe-Taking on a large scale (Art. 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

According to the source of the edition, the arrest was imposed on the shares of alleged participants of organized criminal groups in various companies, more than 50 apartments, land, and money in bank accounts. The total value of the seized assets is more than 3 billion rubles.

Belousov denies involvement in corruption. Lawyer Igor Trunov, representing the interests of Mikhail Yurevich, said that Belousov, like his defendant, is innocent. According to the lawyer, other people received kickbacks.

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