On March 18th, the Russian President Vladimir Putin removed the Governor of the Novosibirsk Region Vasily Yurchenko from his post due to the loss of confidence.
His powers and authority were supposed to expire in 2015. On the night of March 19th, the investigating authorities raided the apartment of the dismissed governor. Sources say that much publicized resignation is connected with the criminal case on the sale of land on the Chaplygin st., 54, in which the official is a witness.
The defense for Vasily Yurchenko, ex-Governor of the Novosibirsk Region, managed to dismiss one of the criminal cases instituted against him prior to the trial. The examination of the second case regarding the exceeding of official powers is almost finished. The judicial investigation of this case has been completed on July 27. The defense attorneys believe that Yurchenko is to be fully acquitted. The lawyers are concerned, however, that the enforcement structures may frame up new cases.