Udmurtia former Governor may face charges of gang creation after Gaizer’s scenario

Udmurtia former Governor may face charges of gang creation after Gaizer’s scenario
Alexander Soloviev Photo: Stanislav Krasilnikov / TASS

The case against Alexander Soloviev is to become a joinder that would include other corruption indictments in the region.

The case of Udmurtia ex-Head Alexander Soloviev is to become a joinder that would include other corruption indictments in the region, ICR detective Roman Mukhachev stated in the Basmanny Court that was hearing the former governor’s case.

According to Kommersant, this could mean Soloviev’s case may feature Article 210 of the Criminal Code (Creation of a Criminal Community and Participation Therein). This is the count that Komi ex-Governor Vyacheslav Gaizer had in his case file, being accused of organizing a criminal community of 19 people.

As the CrimeRussia wrote earlier, Alexander Soloviev was detained on April 4, transferred to Moscow and jailed for two months on charges of Bribe-Taking on an especially large scale (part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code). According to the investigation, between 2014 and 2016 the Udmurtia Head took a bribe of 139 million rubles ($2.5m) from contractors building bridges across rivers Kama and Bui, as well as a share in the company worth 2.7 million rubles ($48.000).

It was his namesake, former Deputy Transport Minister of Udmurtia Alexander Soloviev, who gave the testimony against the ex-Governor. The Deputy Minister was also detained by the security forces and charged with office abuse. In the past six months, searches were conducted in the offices of Udmurtavtodor, Avtodormostproekt, Baikonur, in the office of Acting Internal Trade Minister Alexei Gorbachev. Two officials of the ministry and a businessman were detained. Local media dubbed the chain of events "the road workers case."

As for the former Head of Udmurtia Alexander Soloviev, Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed him on the day of his arrest over "loss of trust and confidence." Public Chamber secretary Alexander Brechalov will serve as acting governor of Udmurtia till September.

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