MOSCOW, August 18 (RAPSI) – Moscow’s Basmanny District Court on Wednesday extended detention of four defendants in a 31-million-ruble (over $400,000) bribery case involving ex-Penza Region governor Ivan Belozertsev for three months, the court’s press service told RAPSI.

Director of Pharmacia Company Anton Koloskov, Eugenia Spiegel, the wife of head of BIOTEC Group of Companies Boris Spiegel, Gennady Markov and Fedor Fedotov will stay detained until November 20.

According to the investigation, between January and September 2020, Belozertsev accepted through intermedia money and other values worth over 31 million rubles in bribes from Spiegel, his spouse and Koloskov. In turn, the official allegedly promised to give BIOTEC Group of Companies the competitive gain in execution of state contracts for acceptance, quality and validity period tracking, storing and supplies of medical drugs and goods for the needs of health care institutions of the Penza Region.