Udmurtia Head suspected of taking $2.5m-worth of bribes
According to the Investigative Committee of Russia, Alexander Soloviev would take bribes from the concession owner of bridges across Kama River and Bui River.
A criminal case has been initiated against the Head of Udmurtia under part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Bribe-Taking committed by a person who holds a government post of the Russian Federation on an especially large scale).
As the ICR stated in a press release, between 2014 and 2016 Soloviev took bribes that totaled 139 million rubles ($2.5m) from representatives of companies that were building bridges across river Kama and river Bui.
The Udmurt news website Den.org added that the Head of Udmurtia is suspected of receiving bribes from Alexander Zabarsky, an entrepreneur affiliated with a number of companies that participated in the concession agreement for the construction of bridges across Kama and Bui: Regional Investment Company LLC, Dom-Invest LLC, Stroy-Invest LLC, Mostostroy 12, Udmurtstalmost LLC, and Resurs-Invest.
Alexander Zabarsky and Alexander Soloviev
The ICR also stressed that the bribe-giver provided Soloviev with a bonus "in the form of a stake in a commercial organization worth 2.7 million rubles [$48.000]."
Law enforcement officers are conducting searches in Izhevsk today as part of the case investigation.
As the CrimeRussia previously reported, Head of Udmurtia Alexander Soloviev had been detained in Izhevsk and taken to Moscow in handcuffs for investigation. The Investigative Committee reported that Solovyov would soon be charged. In addition, the CEO of Udmurtavtodor SUE Alexander Korepanov was also detained today. Earlier, he had been questioned in the case of office abuse by the Deputy Minister of Transport and Road Management, Alexander Soloviev (the namesake of the Udmurtia Head).