Ousted opposition-minded Russian mayor to remain detained until August
MOSCOW, July 14 (RAPSI, Alexei Afonsky) - The Moscow City Court on Tuesday dismissed an appeal filed by ousted Yaroslavl mayor Yevgeny Urlashov who stands accused of bribery against the extension of his detention until August 3, RAPSI reports from the courtroom.
Urlashov’s alleged accomplices, Dmitry Donskov and Alexei Lopatin, will also remain in jail.
Investigators believe that Urlashov, who was elected to the mayoral post in April 2012, with his accomplices, extorted a bribe of 45 million rubles (about $795,000) from businessmen.
The police detained Urlashov on July 3, 2013.
He pleaded not guilty and said that his prosecution was politically motivated.
Urlashov, a member of the ruling United Russia party in 2008-2011, became a candidate for the opposition during mayoral elections in 2012. He achieved a landslide victory over a United Russia candidate Yakov Yakushev. A member of billionaire-turned-politician Mikhail Prokhorov’s Civic Platform party, he planned to take part in the elections to the Yaroslavl regional parliament in September 2013.
On July 18, 2013, Urlashov was removed from his mayoral post.
In December 2014, a court found another accomplice of Urlashov, Maxim Pokalainen, guilty on bribery charges and sentenced him to five years in prison.