Udmurtia Head dismissed due to loss of confidence

Udmurtia Head dismissed due to loss of confidence
Alexander Soloviev

The decree on the resignation of suspect in the bribery Alexander Soloviev was signed by the President.

Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed Udmurtia Head Alexander Soloviev due to loss of confidence. The corresponding decree was signed on the afternoon of April 4.

As the CrimeRussia previously reported, this morning, April 4, Soloviev was detained in his own house in Izhevsk. A case was initiated against him; he is accused of bribe-taking in the amount of 140 million rubles ($2.4m). Soloviev was taken to Moscow for investigation. The capital court will determine the measure of restraint against the ex-Governor.

According to the investigation, the former Head of Udmurtia took money for the protection of companies that built automobile bridges. Among the defendants of the criminal case there is former Deputy Minister of Transport and Road Facilities of Udmurtia Alexander Soloviev (the namesake of the Head of the Republic). He is suspected of Exceeding Official Powers (part 1 of Art. 286 of the Criminal Code), Abuse of Official Powers (part 1 of Art. 285 of the Criminal Code) and Mediation in Bribery (part 4 of Art. 291.1 of the Criminal Code). A case was opened against CEO of SP Mostostroy-12 LLC Alexander Zabarsky on suspicion of Bribe-Giving (part 5 of Art. 291 of the Criminal Code). The same article is also attributed to Sergey Polevikov. He is a co-founder of SP Fonika LLC (100% founder of SP Mostostroy-12, where Zabarsky is also the CEO). Bribe-giving is also imputed on R.M. Valeev, but there is no additional information about this person.

The case papers feature several legal entities: RIK LLC, which is a concessionaire for the construction of a bridge over the Kama and Bui rivers, Mostostroy-12 LLC, which is the general contractor, Udmurtstalmost LLC, Resurs-Invest LLC, Dom-invest LLC, Stroy-invest LLC, which touch upon the bridge construction project.⁠

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