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Prosecutor’s office upholds arrest of Russia's Far Eastern Sakhalin Region governor

March 04, 2015, 21:45 UTC+3

According to the investigator, Alexander Khoroshavin is suspected of accepting a $5.6 million bribe

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Russian Far Eastern Sakhalin Region Governor Alexander Khoroshavin

Russian Far Eastern Sakhalin Region Governor Alexander Khoroshavin

© Mikhail Pochuyev/TASS

MOSCOW, March 4. /TASS/. The prosecutor’s office said it upholds the arrest of Russian Far Eastern Sakhalin Region governor Alexander Khoroshavin.

"I uphold the investigator’s request to choose the measure of restraint in the form of placement in custody for the detainee. I believe a different measure of restraint for Khoroshavin cannot be chosen," the prosecutor said.

Alexander Khoroshavin asked the court to place him under house arrest or release him "on reasonable bail," a TASS correspondent reported from Moscow’s Basmanny Court.

According to the investigator, Sakhalin Region governor is suspected of accepting a $5.6 million bribe, an investigator said.

The governor, however, pleaded not guilty of taking a bribe.

The investigator said the punishment under a relevant Criminal Code article stipulates up to 15 years in prison.

Eyewitnesses confirm involvement of Alexander Khoroshavin in crimes he is charged with, an Investigative Committee spokesman said.

Court also arrested the governor’s advisor Andrey Ikramov suspected of mediation in bribery.

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