Prosecutor General's Office to seize property of ex-Mary El head worth $22.8mn
A corresponding claim has already been sent to the court.
The Prosecutor General's Office has filed a lawsuit for the forfeiture of the 1.5-billion-dollar ($22.89 million) property of ex-Governor of the Republic of Mary El Leonid Markelov, who is accused of bribe-taking, abuse of official powers, and illegal acquisition of weapons. This is reported by the supervisory agency’s representative Alexander Kurennoy on the air of Efir on February 12.
Kurennoy said that the Prosecutor's Office was going to seize a residential complex in a conservation area, apartments, non-residential premises in Moscow and Mary El, as well as “other property” belonging to Markelov.
The former head of Mary El is charged with Bribe-Taking on an Especially Large Scale (part 6 of Art. 290 of the Russian Criminal Code), Abuse of Official Powers (part 2 of Art. 285), and Illegal Purchase of Weapons (part 1 of Art. 222).
According to the investigation, with the mediation of Natalia Kozhanova, Director of Telekompaniya 12 Region, Markelov received more than 235 million rubles ($3.58 million) as a bribe from the founder of the Akashevskaya factory, Nikolay Krivash, for protection and assistance in the payment of state support funds for the development of the agricultural complex.
The investigators believe the bribe was disguised as a civil deal: Krivash, via Kozhanova, bought the agricultural enterprise Teplichnoye, which was unprofitable and went bankrupt in 2017, from the wife of the ex-governor’s father, Tatyana Markelova.
Markelov does not admit his guilt. At the moment, the former official and his lawyers are getting acquainted with the case materials.
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