Prosecutor General's Office asks State Duma to deprive Belousov of immunity
The parliamentarian may become a person of interest in a case of a bribe to the Chelyabinsk ex-governor.
The Prosecutor General's Office submitted a proposal to the State Duma to remove immunity from Vadim Belousov, a member of the faction Spravedlivaya Rossiya (Fair Russia). This is reported by RBC with reference to a source close to the State Duma.
First deputy head of the faction Fair Russia Mikhail Yemelyanov said that he did not know about the request of the Prosecutor General's Office because he was on a business trip. The press service of the party told the publication that they had “no information” about the request of the Prosecutor General's Office. The official representative of the Prosecutor General's Office, Alexander Kurennoy, did not respond to the request.
Earlier, the publication Ura.Ru reported that the security agencies are preparing materials to bring Belousov to responsibility within the case of a bribe to the ex-governor of the Chelyabinsk Region, Mikhail Yurevich, who is a former business partner of the parliamentarian in MakFa company. Now, the former head of the region is on the international wanted list in the bribery case, the largest of which is 3.4 billion rubles (~53.837 million USD).
According to the portal, the funds were withdrawn through CJSC Yuzhuralavtoban during the repair of Chelyabinsk roads. The investigation considers that the intermediaries in the transfer of funds were Belousov's mother-in-law Margarita Butakova and his assistant − the ex-manager of Makfa, Andrey Churkin. In November 2017, Butakova and Churkin were charged under part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code (bribe-taking by an official on a particularly large scale).
In 2012, Yuzhuralavtoban owned by the Magnitogorsk Metallurgical Combine went under Belousov's control. In 2014, after the resignation of Yurevich, Yuzhuralavtoban was sold to companies controlled by businessmen Artem Chaika and Sergey Vilshhenko.