Russia’s Foreign Ministry canceled diplomatic passport of deputy Belousov

Russia’s Foreign Ministry canceled diplomatic passport of deputy Belousov
Vadim Belousov

He is accused of receiving $53-million bribe.

The Foreign Ministry cancelled the diplomatic passport of deputy Vadim Belousov, deprived of immunity, who is accused of receiving a bribe in the amount of 3.5 billion rubles, reports citing a source in the State Duma.

“Belousov was ordered to hand over his diplomatic passport. But he did not do it. The State Duma’s office appealed to the Foreign Ministry to cancel the passport, so now he would not be able to use it,” said the source.

Vadim Belousov is accused of recieving a bribe of 3.5 billion rubles (Art. 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) from road contractors. Similar charges were brought against his mother-in-law, Margarita Butakova, and the top manager of the Moscow branch of Makfa, Andrei Churkin. The materials of the criminal case do not contain data on the amounts that each of the defendants received.

It is noted that initially Churkin and Butakova had a status of intermediaries in the transfer of bribes to the ex-governor of the Chelyabinsk region, Mikhail Yurevich. Subsequently, the Investigative Committee reclassified the charges. Now, Yurevich does not appear in the case. None of the current defendants recognizes involvement in the crimes incriminated to them.



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