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Former prosecutor involved in gambling scandal drops appeal for reinstatement

12:27 07/12/2011

MOSCOW, December 7 - RAPSI. Former Moscow Region prosecutor Dmitry Urumov, accused of accepting bribes from the owner of an illegal casino network, has withdrawn his request to reinstate him in office, the court told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI) on Wednesday.

Uncovered several months ago, the high-profile illegal casino scandal in the Moscow Region incited a major public uproar. Businessman Ivan Nazarov allegedly operated illegal casinos in 15 towns across Moscow Region. According to law enforcement authorities, several high-ranking officials of prosecutor's offices and the federal Interior Ministry were involved in the casino operation, which generated between $5 million and $10 million in revenue monthly.

"The court ceased proceedings over the plaintiff's reinstatement in office as he waived his claims," Yulia Katayeva, the Moscow District Court's press-secretary, told RIA Novosti.

Urumov was dismissed for violating the prosecutor's oath following the inspection initiated after the scandal. Urumov's lawyer Yevgenia Mikhaylova said her client considers his dismissal illegal.

The Moscow City Court earlier confirmed that the denial of plea bargain to Urumov was unlawful. Urumov was ready to name all the eight criminal ring members, who worked at the Moscow Region Prosecutor's Office.

The case ought to be considered under an expedite procedure for Urumovs testimony in court, i.e. without examining evidence and interrogating witnesses. The defendant faces a punishment not exceeding two thirds of the maximum sentence.

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Former prosecutor involved in gambling scandal drops appeal for reinstatement

12:27 07/12/2011 Former Moscow Region prosecutor Dmitry Urumov, accused of accepting bribes from the owner of an illegal casino network, has withdrawn his request to reinstate him in office.
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