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Ex Tula region governor's lawyer opposed to house arrest

September 06, 2011, 12:21 UTC+3

Criminal proceedings were opened against Stepanov over mediating the bribe, and against Dobrynin - over giving a bribe

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MOSCOW, September 6 (Itar-Tass) — Former Tula region governor Vyacheslav Dudka came to Moscow's Basmanny court on Tuesday which is to rule on the measure of restraint for him. On Monday, Dudka was charged with taking a 40-million-rouble bribe.

The investigator asked the court to sanction house arrest of the former governor. Dudka's lawyer Vladimir Zherebyonkov told reporters on Tuesday that the defense was opposed to the sanction and Dudka's being on recognizance.

"My client has never been late for questioning at the investigator's all this time; so we'll be asking the court to merely commit Dudka to meetings with the investigator," he said.

Zherebyonkov reminded that the former governor had denied his guilt and was set to prove it both during preliminary investigation and inquest.

The investigators said Dudka, together with the regional land and property department chief Viktor Volkov, passed a 2.5-hectare land plot to the GRINN corporation for the construction of a supermarket. The intermediary in taking the bribe from managing director of the GRINN Corporation private company Dmitry Dobrynin was Tula Parks state company director Andrei Stepanov.

On November 17, 2010, he received the whole sum from Dobrynin and kept it at his place.

On January 6, 2011, he gave away over 40 million roubles to agents of the Federal Security Service's regional department, who were taking measures to intercept the illegal actions by the bribe-takers Dudka and Volkov.

Criminal proceedings were opened against Stepanov over mediating the bribe, and against Dobrynin - over giving a bribe.

Dudka, a former troubleshooter at the site of the Chernobyl nuclear accident and a participant in designing and testing military equipment, has been Tula region governor since April 29, 2005. He replaced his predecessor Vasily Starodubtsev.

On July 29, 2011, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev accepted his voluntary resignation, and proposed Vladimir Gruzdev as new regional leader. Gruzdev was first deputy chairman of the committee on civil, criminal, arbitration and procedural legislation under the State Duma lower house of the Russian parliament. He is a member of the General Council of the ruling United Russia Party.

On August 29, Dudka was expelled from the United Russia Party for "actions discrediting the Party and damaging its political interests," after he demanded the payment of compensation for his voluntary resignation.


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