Residents of Mari El celebrate detention of republic's ex-Head Markelov

Residents of Mari El celebrate detention of republic's ex-Head Markelov
Balloons over the Arkhangelsk Sloboda

Critics of Leonid Markelov accuse him of incorrect financial policies and embezzlement of budgetary funds, which have led to the deterioration of the economic situation of Mari El.

A mass campaign called Peremeny (‘Changes’) has been held in the Arkhangelsk Sloboda, Yoshkar-Ola. Local residents have launched more than 200 colorful balloons into the sky on the square built during Leonid Markelov’s leadership of the republic.

According to Life, the action has been supported not only by people who had known about it in advance, but also by passers-by who have joined the flash mob.

It is worth noting that in the republic, Leonid Markelov is accused of incorrect financial policies and embezzlement of budgetary funds, which have led to the deterioration of the economic situation of Mari El.

The decree on the dismissal of the head of Mari El was signed by the Russian president on April 6. Chairman of the Arbitration Court of the Moscow Region, former deputy presidential envoy to the Privolzhsky Federal District Aleksandr Evstifeev was appointed Acting Head of the republic.

April 13, Leonid Markelov was arrested on suspicion of receiving a bribe of 235 million rubles (4.1 thousand dollars); April 14, the Basmanny Court of Moscow elected a preventive measure, arresting the former head of the republic for a period of 2 months.

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