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Court to consider appeal against arrest of Yaroslavl mayor

July 15, 2013, 9:58 UTC+3
Yevgeny Urlashov remains a suspect in the second criminal case against
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YAROSLAVL, July 15 (Itar-Tass) - The Yaroslavl region court on Monday will review an appeal against the arrest of Yaroslavl mayor Yevgeny Urlashov, accused of attempted bribe-taking, the court's press service told Itar-Tass.

The review of the appeal against the resolution by the Lenin district court on selecting arrest as the measure of restraint for Yevgeny Urlashov will take place in the building of the Yaroslavl region court at 10:00, Moscow time," the press service said.

The mayor remains a suspect in the second criminal case against him. The Investigative Committee passed to Urlashov and his lawyers the resolution on opening the second criminal case. Investigators said Urlashov had personally taken 500,000 roubles from an entrepreneur.

"The SK passed to us /the lawyers of Yevgeny Urlashov/ the resolution on opening a new criminal case against our client; who - I wish to note it - has been a suspect in the case so far," lawyer Sergei Golubenkov told Itar-Tass.

Uralshov is in custody within the framework of the first criminal case against him.

Other suspects in the first case are Urlashov's deputy Dmitry Donskov, head of the Town Hall agency for municipal procurements Maxim Poikalainen, mayor's advisor Alexei Lopatin, and a 34-year-old resident of the Yaroslavl region suspected of mediating a bribe.

The investigators said they had materials of operations, including audio and video recordings where "Urlashov personally writes the percentage he demands from a businessman as a "kickback." There are also telephone conversations in which he demands that his subordinates press the businessman for urgent payments, as "others are already paying," otherwise, he would not pay him for completed works. A video of a search in Urlashov's apartment shows police retrieving 500,000 U.S. dollars. The sum is considerable given the mayor's monthly salary of 100,000 roubles and an annual income of 130,000 roubles which he had declared before being elected to the post of mayor," Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said.

Urlashov, formerly a United Russia member, planned to lead the regional list of the Civil Platform Party at the upcoming elections to the regional parliament on September 8.

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