United Russia head in Kazan City Duma arrested for $420-thousand bribe

United Russia head in Kazan City Duma arrested for $420-thousand bribe
Nadyr Khayrullin

According to the investigation, Nadyr Khayrullin acted as an intermediary in the transfer of a large sum to the officials of the City Executive Committee.

Head of the United Russia party in the Kazan City Duma has been placed in custody until June 10, 2017 by the Sovetsky District Court of Kazan. He has been charged with part 4 of Art. 291.1 of the Russian Criminal Code (Mediation in Bribery).

As reported in court, the deputy is suspected of transferring a bribe in the amount of 24 million rubles (420 thousand dollars) to an official. Khayrullin was detained the day before, when he showed up on a summons for interrogation by the ICR Investigations Directorate investigators.

According to the criminal case materials, Khayrullin acted as an intermediary in the transfer of 24 million rubles to unnamed officials of the city administration for assistance in registering illegally built townhouses. The investigators believe that “the owners of three four-story townhouses for 12 apartments, father and son Kabirovs, appealed to Deputy of the Kazan City Duma Khayrullin with a request to assist in obtaining permission for the use of those objects as multi-apartment buildings and registration of personal property rights for the purchasers of apartments instead of the previously issued equity ownership.” According to the case materials, the money was transferred to Khayrullin in 2014. However, it is not specified whether any of the officials of the city town planning department have received a bribe.

The 63-year-old deputy denies his involvement in the crime; his defense announced its intention to appeal the arrest.

Kommersant adds that initially the case had been initiated against 'unidentified persons' under part 4 of Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code (Swindling on an Especially Large Scale) on April 10. However, April 21, Head of the ICR Investigations Directorate in Tatarstan Pavel Nikolaev initiated a criminal case against Khayrullin, after which both cases were consolidated.

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