Former Tula governor to face bribery charges
MOSCOW, September 1 - RAPSI. The Investigative Committee will bring charges against former Tula Region Governor Vyacheslav Dudka on September 5, a source in the investigative authorities told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI).
Dudka and his defense were sent a notification to appear before the Investigative Committee by 10.30 a.m. on September 5 to face bribery charges, the source said.
The former governors attorney, Vladimir Zherebenkov, confirmed that he and his client received the notice.
The attorney added that he considers the charges illegal.
According to Zherebenkov, he has sent to the investigators an appeal with a requirement to stop the criminal proceedings against Dudka as he committed no illegal actions.
The investigators suspect Dudka and the director of the Property and Land Relations Department of accepting a bribe worth 40 million rubles ($1.37 million) for providing a land plot with an area of 2.5 hectares in Tula to a corporation. A hypermarket was to be built on the land plot.