Sverdlovsk Region Minister Alexei Pyankov Detained by Court

UrBC, Yekaterinburg, April 29, 2016. Yekaterinburg Leninsky District Court upheld a motion regarding the detainment of Alexei Pyankov, Sverdlovsk Region Public Property Management Minister, who will remain in detention until June 25.

The official was detained after a search of his home and office on April 26. The searches were related to two criminal lawsuits, one of them with charges of bribe-taking (Article 291 (Part 5) and Article 291.1 (Part 4) of the Russian Federation Criminal Code).

‘The inquiry officers believe the minister accepted a total of 31.5m RUR worth of bribes for facilitation of a buyout procedure, whereupon a piece of real estate belonging to the bribe-giver could be sold for a price several times greater than the object’s actual worth,’ Russia’s Investigative Committee’s press service reports.

Deputy Ministers Artem Bogachev and Konstantin Nikanorov are also involved in the suit.

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