Russian court reduces sentence for defendant in opposition-minded ex-mayor’s case
MOSCOW, April 5 (RAPSI) – The Yaroslavl Regional Court has reduced the sentence for one of defendants in the corruption case against ousted Yaroslavl ex-mayor Yevgeny Urlashov to three years and nine months in a penal colony, RAPSI learnt from the court’s press-service on Wednesday.
The court excluded charges against Urlashov’s accomplice Maxim Pokalainen regarding alleged attempted bribery amounting to four million rubles ($71,400) as well as charges regarding acts committed by a group of persons on a preliminary conspiracy. Pokalainen’s actions were reclassified from receiving a large-scale bribe to aiding in receiving a large-scale bribe.
Urlashov has been found guilty of receiving 17 million rubles ($254,000) of the total 30 million rubles’ bribe amount ($449,000) from a Director General of Yardstroy construction company for assistance in transfer of control block of shares belonging to the City Highway Department to Yardstroy. He was sentenced for two corruption episodes in August 2016.
Pokalainen was found guilty of attempted bribery amounted to 18 million rubles ($270,000) and sentenced to five years in prison in December 2014. Urlashov’s former assistant Aleksey Lopatin received a 7-year prison term in this case. Former deputy of the mayor, Dmitry Donskov was acquitted.
A court accorded investigators that Urlashov along with Lopatin and Pokalainen demanded 18 million rubles ($270,000) from a commercial entity director for participation in a municipal project realization between December 2012 and July 2013.
The criminal case against Urlashov is one of the biggest bribe cases opened in Russia recently, considering Yaroslavl’s population (600,000) and the fact that Urlashov, an opposition candidate, defeated the candidate from the ruling party at the 2012 mayoral elections.
The police arrested Urlashov on July 3, 2013.
Urlashov, a member of the ruling United Russia party in 2008-2011, was 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, Urlashov planned to run for the Yaroslavl regional parliament in September 2013.
On July 18, 2013, Urlashov was removed from his mayoral post.