Ousted opposition-minded Russian mayor to remain in detention until October
MOSCOW, August 19 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court has upheld the detention of ousted Yaroslavl Mayor Yevgeny Urlashov accused of bribery, RIA Novosti reported Tuesday.
Urlashov will remain in detention until October 3 as the court dismissed the attorneys’ application for house arrest.
According to investigators, Urlashov, who was elected to the mayoral post in April 2012, together with three of his assistants extorted a bribe of 45 million rubles ($1.3 million) from the director of a company who had been contracted by the city administration for cleaning services.
The police detained Urlashov on July 3, 2013. He pleaded not guilty and said that his prosecution was a result of "political games."
Urlashov, a member of the ruling United Russia party in 2008-2011, became a candidate for the opposition during mayoral elections in 2012. He achieved a landslide victory over a United Russia candidate Yakov Yakushev. A member of billionaire-turned-politician Mikhail Prokhorov’s Civic Platform party, he planned to take part in the elections to the Yaroslavl regional parliament in September 2013.
On July 18, 2013, Urlashov was removed from his mayoral post.