Сourt found Mayor of Yaroslavl guilty of taking bribes

Сourt found Mayor of Yaroslavl guilty of taking bribes
The suspended from office the Mayor of Yaroslavl Yevgeny Urlashov during a hearing in the Kirov district court Photo: Sergey Metelitsa / TASS

The Yaroslavl Mayor Yevgeny Urlashov and his advisor Alexey Lopatin are found guilty of taking bribes. It was announced during the announcement of the verdict in the Yaroslavl court.

Another one involved in the case – the Deputy Mayor of Yaroslavl Dmitry Donskov – the court has previously acquitted.

The state prosecution previously asked for Urlashov a sentence to 15 years imprisonment in a maximum security penal colony and for Lopatin - to eight years. In addition, the prosecutor asked him to appoint a fine in the amount of 500 million rubles and to deprive the right to hold state and municipal offices for three years.

"Urlashov and his advisor Lopatin found guilty on two counts," - said court spokesman Natalia Sarbunova. According to her, the guilt of another personб involved in the case, the Deputy Mayor Dmitry Donskov, the court does not discern.

The trial on the matter of the Mayor began in Kirov district court of Yaroslavl on September 28, 2015. It was questioned nearly 100 witnesses and experts. As a result, the state prosecution asked for Urlashov 15 years in colony and a fine of 500 million rubles.

Pronouncement of a verdict was begun on Monday.

Urlashov's case

Mayor of Yaroslavl was arrested on the night of July 3, 2013. According to investigators, in 2012-2013 the Mayor, his Deputy Dmitry Donskoy and the Advisor Alexey Lopatin demanded 18 million rubles from Sergey Shmelev, the Director of Radostroy company, which fulfilled the maintenance of roads in Yaroslavl in the first half of 2013. In the event of failure to comply with the accused was threatened not to pay for work on municipal contract.

According to the investigation, Urlashov received another bribe of 17 million rubles from the General Director of Yardostroy company Eduard Avdalyan. Money was needed to assist in making a decision on the transfer of a controlling stake in Gorodskoe dorozhnoe upravlenie (City road management). 

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