The court found no irregularities in the initiation of proceedings against the former head of the Mari El Republic

© Fotolia / Soldered. Archival photoThe court found no irregularities in the initiation of proceedings against the former head of the Mari El Republic© Fotolia / Corgarashu

Basmanny court of Moscow on Tuesday upheld the decision on excitation of criminal case against the former head of Mari El Leonid Markelov, who is accused of receiving a bribe of 235 million rubles, RIA news from the courtroom.

«The court decided to reject the complaint of the lawyer Igor Trunov on the steps of the investigation,» said the judge.

Trunov represents the interests of another defendant in the case — businessman Nikolay Crevase.

A criminal case was opened one order in respect of Markelov, his confidant Natalia Kozhanova and the founder of the factory «Akashevskaya» Nicholas Crevase. In the court complaint asked the lawyers of the latter — the defense pleads the wrong qualification of the prosecution and asks to recognize the decision illegal.

Protection Krivosha attached to the materials of the complaint of the expert opinion of professors of the MSU Institute of Russian language named after V. Vinogradova. According to Trunova, these conclusions point to the lack of evidence, noting that the case was initiated on the basis of the report of the conversation with Krivosha Markelov, in which the latter asks the person «not to give a bribe, and give what you have».

The accusation was based on Krivosha, according to his lawyer, the statement is about the transfer through intermediaries issued in 2015 latest controlled companies of promissory notes to bearer that have been cashed and transferred to the accounts of the companies of the TV company «region 12» that the result qualifies as bribery Markelov in the amount of 235 million rubles.

Markelov was arrested and is in jail «Lefortovo».

Investigative Committee opened against him and his alleged accomplices criminal case under article «Receiving a bribe», «bribery», «bribery Mediation».

Investigators believe that Markelov received through a Trustee Natalia Kozhanov from the founder of the factory «Akashevskaya» Nicholas Crevase as a bribe more than 235 million rubles for the protection of and assistance with property payment of funds of state support to development of agricultural complex.

The alleged briber — the Deputy Kripalu in absentia brought accusation in bribery, he, according to the investigator, declared the Federal wanted list. Speaking, according to the investigation, intermediary in bribery the head of channel «12 region» Natalia Kozhanova is in custody.

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