MOSCOW, October 18 (RAPSI, Lyudmila Klenko) – The Moscow City Court has extended detention of former Sakhalin governor Alexander Khoroshavin who stands charged with corruption, RAPSI learned from the court’s press-service on Tuesday.

“The Moscow City Court ruled to extend detention of Khoroshavin and other defendants in the case until February 27, 2017,” the court’s representative said.

The court has also extended detention of ex-deputy of the Sakhalin’s government chairman Sergei Karepkin and counselor of the Sakalin’s governor Andrei Ikramov for the same period. Minister of the Agriculture, Trade and Food Provision for the Sakhalin Region Nikolai Borisov will stay under house arrest for four months. Along with Khoroshavin himself they are accused of receiving bribes and embezzlement.

Investigators announced in March 2015 that Khoroshavin and several other officials were arrested for allegedly taking a $5.6 million bribe to secure a contract to build a power unit for the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk thermal plant.

In April 2015, Khoroshavin was charged in another criminal case with taking a bribe of at least 15 million rubles ($230,000) for providing credits on advantageous terms to one of the local businessmen. He pleaded not guilty.

In January, the third criminal case was opened against Khoroshavin. According to investigators, he took 27 million rubles ($414,000) in bribes from candidates for the positions in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk City Duma in 2014.

President Vladimir Putin dismissed Khoroshavin from his post due to “loss of trust” in March 2015.