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Yaroslavl mayor's arrest ahead of poll inadmissible without good grounds - view

July 03, 2013, 8:52 UTC+3
Yevgeny Urlashov and three of his subordinates are suspected of an attempt to take a bribe, the regional investigative committee reported on Wednesday
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MOSCOW, July 3 (Itar-Tass) - Law enforcement agencies must have reasonable grounds for taking in custody Yaroslavl Mayor Yevgeny Urlashov, otherwise this is inadmissible ahead of an upcoming election, the secretary of the United Russia Party’s General Council said commenting on mayor’s detention early on Wednesday.

“Law enforcement agencies must have reasonable grounds for detaining the mayor,” said Sergei Neverov, who is also vice speaker of the State Duma lower house of parliament. “If they are not produced and brought to the attention of the society, this looks extremely strange and inadmissible ahead of the upcoming election,” he stressed.

The chairwoman of the Duma committee for security and anti-corruption fight, Irina Yarovaya (United Russia), for her part, believes the most important thing is “not to impede the work of law enforcement agencies”. “Their task is to act in line with the procedure established by law,” she added. The parliamentarian also noted that “law enforcement agencies must act if elements of any crime are revealed”.

Urlashov is a former member of United Russia. At the upcoming election to the legislative assembly of the Yarlsoavl region on September 8, he intended to head the regional list of the Civil Platform party of billionaire-turned-politician Mikhail Prokhorov.

The mayor of Russia’s Volga River city of Yaroslavl, Yevgeny Urlashov, and three of his subordinates are suspected of an attempt to take a bribe, the regional investigative committee reported on Wednesday.

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