St. PETERSBURG, April 22 (RAPSI, Mikhail Telekhov) – Chief Investigation Directorate of Russia's Investigative Committee brought charges of large-scale bribery against Vyacheslav Notyag, a member of the Legislative Assembly of St Petersburg, a Directorate’s representative told RAPSI.

Earlier, the Directorate announced that a criminal case had been opened against Notyag.

“When interrogated as a defendant in a criminal proceeding, Notyag refused to testify pleading Article 51 of the Russia’s Constitution,” – investigators said.

Pursuant to case materials, in November through April 2016 Notyag offered the CEO of a commercial entity to pass to him bribes in amounts no less than 300 thousand rubles ($4,500) quarterly. In turn, the deputy promised not to hinder construction works the said commercial entity carried out in a city district.

In such a manner, according to investigators, the suspect has frequently accepted bribes totaling to no less than 900 thousand rubles ($13,500) over this period of time.

Officers of the Federal Security Service Directorate for St. Petersburg and Leningrad oblast detained Notyag when he was in Zvezda club located at 27, Lenya Golikov St. on April 21 at the moment a businessman passed to him 600 thousand rubles ($9,000).

On Friday, charges were brought against the deputy.

The St. Petersburg Kirovsky district court will examine the investigation’s move for pre-trial restrictions on the accused in the form of detention on remand on April 23.