Moscow court rules Sochi vice-mayor’s detention in bribery case illegal
MOSCOW, January 30 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City court has overturned a lower court’s ruling on extension of detention for the first vice-mayor of Sochi Sergey Yurin and several other officials as part of a bribery case, the court’s press service has told RAPSI.
Earlier, the Basmanny District Court of Moscow extended detention of Yurin, ex-official of Sochi administration and Legis Imperium company CEO Andrey Leventyuk and other defendants until March 15.
The Moscow City Court on Wednesday vacated the decision and sent the matter back to a first instance court for review. The court also held that all defendants to remain in detention till February 6 except Leventyuk, who was released from jail.
Yurin and Leventyuk are charged with receiving grand bribes. They could face up to 15 years if found guilty.
According to investigators, the city administration officials organized a criminal group to receive bribes as in 2010.
Several other officials were also detained in this case in October including deputy chief of the city administration’s economic department Alexander Ivanov, deputy director of Rosgonki scientific center Anatoly Rykov, businessman and alleged bribe-giver Igor Stroganov; lawyers Alexey Litvinov and Nikolay Grebenyuk.