Yakutia parliament searched
According to unofficial information, several deputies were detained on suspicion of bribe-taking.
Law enforcement officers conduct searches in the building of the Yakut parliament (Il Tumen) and the company Komdragmetall. This is reported by TASS with reference to an informed source. According to it, searches are conducted by the Department for Combating Economic Crimes. "I can not say anything about the detention and the reasons," the source said.
At the same time, the enterprise refutes information about the investigative measures and claims that Komdragmetall is working in a routine mode.
The press service of the parliament neither confirms nor refutes the information about the searches. Speaker Alexander Zhirkov left the session of the regional parliament without explanation of reasons at the very beginning of it, and there are much fewer deputies than usual. Anatoly Dobryantsev, deputy chairman of the State Assembly, announcing the break in the session, said that the quorum necessary to continue the meeting was on hold, and therefore asked the people's representatives to return after lunch, the REGNUM correspondent reports.
Local media report that the ground for the investigative measures may be accusations levelled against bribe-taking by one of the deputies. There is information about the detention of the chairman of the monitoring committee, Alexander Uarov, and the head of the committee on agrarian policy, Dmitry Savvin.
And local political scientist Ildus Yarulin calls the searches an attempt to exert pressure on MPs by Head of the republic Yegor Borisov - he wants to abolish direct elections of the Head of the republic.
The law enforcement agencies do not comment on the information yet.
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.