MOSCOW, May 26 (RAPSI) – The Altai Krai Court has upheld the lower court’s ruling to place the former vice-governor of the region Yury Denisov and his wife Tatyana Denisova in detention till September 11 in a bribery criminal case, RIA Novosti reported on Thursday.

Denisovs are staying in detention since March 2016. Former official is charged with receiving a bribe while his wife is accused of mediating the bribe. Both face 12 years in prison.

According to investigators, in 2016 Denisov offered a manager of the subsidiary education department to transfer a bribe for signing some of the financial documents. Investigators allege that Tatyana Denisova, acting as an intermediate received a 200,000-ruble (nearly $3,000) bribe from the manager in March 2016.