Protection of Mari El former Governor Markelov appealed his arrest
The ex-Head of the region is accused of 235 million rubles ($4.17m) bribe-taking. Leonid Markelov does not admit his guilt, declaring that "authoritative people" are ready to stand bail for him.
Lawyers of Mari El Republic former Head Leonid Markelov appealed his arrest upon the case of receiving multimillion bribes to the Moscow City Court, lawyer Alexey Dudnik told journalists on April 17.
Earlier, as the CrimeRussia wrote, the defense of the official appealed the initiation of a criminal case against Markelov. The former Governor himself does not admit his guilt during the court hearing, stressing that "authoritative people" are ready to stand bail for him.
To recall, the Basmanny Court of Moscow arrested Markelov for two months, which he will serve in the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center. According to the investigation, the ex-Governor of Mari El received a bribe of more than 235 million rubles ($4.17m) through a confidant, Natalia Kozhanova, from founder of the Akashevskaya factory Nikolay Krivash for patronage and assistance with state support for the development of the agricultural complex.
Marina Semynina, who had been renting out non-residential premises with an area of 2.5 thousand sq. m to the trading network, is a co-defendant in the suit of the Prosecutor General's Office on the seizure of Colonel Zakharchenko's family assets in favor of the state.
In a week the police of the Penza region have lost two first executives. The Head of the regional Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) announced his forthcoming resignation. In this regard, the region began talking about the global cleansing of the bigwigs of security agencies. Now everyone is waiting to learn who is next in the queue for quitting, and what new corruption rows pertaining to security chiefs are to come to light in the short run in a relatively serene region.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had seen plenty of scandals throughout its history. In the end of 2017, it ceased financing of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) on suspicion of misuse of funds by its management. However, the IOC couldn’t even think that international drug trafficker Gafur Rakhimov, member of the criminal ‘Brothers’ Circle’ put on the OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List, is going to take charge of it soon. Furthermore, Rakhimov has contributed greatly to the selection of Sochi the place of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Kochkin is detained in the headquarters building and brought to the police department, where policemen drew up a protocol under Violating the Established Procedure for Arranging or Conducting a Meeting, Rally, Demonstration, Procession or Picket (part 8 of Article 20.2 of the Code of Administrative Offenses). According to the activist, in the near future he will go on trial.