Vice-Mayor of Sochi suspected of exceeding official powers

Vice-Mayor of Sochi suspected of exceeding official powers
Mugdin Chermit Photo: Administration of the city of Sochi

Mugdin Chermit is detained, his house was searched.

Employees of the Federal Security Service of Russia in the Krasnodar region detained First Deputy Head of Sochi Mugdin Chermit. This was reported to Kommersant by an informed source in law enforcement agencies.

The city hall confirmed Kommersant that officers of the Federal Security Service of Russia in the Krasnodar Territory conducted searches in the administration building on Wednesday, April 18 and seized documents. According to the officials of the administration, quoted by Kommersant, the decision to bring Chermit to responsibility was not sent to the leadership of the municipality.

According to law enforcement agencies, Chermit is suspected of Exceeding Official Powers (Article 286 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). "It is assumed that Chermit issued documents for the unauthorized construction of a dwelling house, violating the law," Kommersant writes.

Krasnodar Territory ICR refused to comment on the detention, RBC reports. The assistant to the Head of the regional ICR, Natalya Smyatskaya, stated that Chermit was "not detained". "We do not have information on his detention," she added.

Meanwhile, Kommersant reports that "the issue of choosing a preventive measure" is at stake.

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