“Signal regions”: why ex-mayor Urlashov was sentenced to 12.5 years in prison

“Signal regions”: why ex-mayor Urlashov was sentenced to 12.5 years in prison


Harsh sentence

The former mayor of Yaroslavl Evgeny Urlashov on Wednesday, August 3, was sentenced to 12.5 years in a penal colony for accepting bribes from local businessmen. Along with Urlashov accused and his two assistants — Alexey Lopatin and Deputy mayor Dmitry Donskov. He was sentenced to seven years and Donskov justified. Urlashov was also ordered to pay a fine of 60 million rubles and return to the state on 17 million roubles — the size of a bribe, receipt of which the court found proved.

The Prosecutor demanded for Urlashov 15 years in prison, but the court took into account mitigating circumstances: the ex-mayor’s elderly mother and teenage daughter, and he received positive characteristics, including the local police officer and at the place of work. The sentence Urlashov is the toughest of all cases of bribery to the Russian governors, said political analyst Alexei Makarkin. The former mayor of Astrakhan Mikhail Stolyarov in 2014, he received ten years of rigorous imprisonment and a fine of 500 million rubles (after appeal, his sentence was reduced to nine years). The mayor of Berdsk Ilya Potapov in 2015, was sentenced to ten years in a strict regime and a fine of 500 million rubles for a bribe in the amount of 3.2 million roubles. Eks-the mayor of Syktyvkar Roman Tenishev in July 2016 received ten years of a high security for a bribe of 800 thousand rubles. for 12 years he received in 2010 the mayor of Tomsk Alexander Makarov. Urlashov protection intends to appeal the verdict.

The sentence Urlashov is not the hard objects head close to the Kremlin, Forgo Konstantin Kostin. The sentence is comparable with those in different years for similar crimes received the regional officials of different levels, he says.

Dealing with witnesses

Urlashov was detained in July 2013, having worked on a post of the mayor of Yaroslavl. Operation on its detention conducted by the Main Department of economic security (Guebipk), whose leadership after the year itself was under investigation on charges of tampering with evidence and organizing provocations bribes.

According to the prosecution, Urlashov demanded a rollback in the amount of 14 million rubles from the Director of the company Radostroy, OOO and the party member “United Russia” Sergey Shmelev, was awarded a contract for work on garbage collection in Yaroslavl. Investigation called Lopatina and it associates Urlashov in this case. Also the case involved the head of the Agency for the municipal order municipality Maxim Poikalainen. All three of them only Poikalainen pleaded guilty and signed a cooperation agreement.

The evidence in the episode about the rollback are built on the testimony of Poikalainen, Shmelev, businessman Andrei Zakharov, who acted as the intermediary by bribe transfer, and selective wiretapping materials Urlashov, according to the lawyer of the former mayor of Yaroslavl Ksenia Karpinskaya. Himself Urlashov 14 million rubles have not seen the police detained Zakharova in obtaining owed for the mayor of money from Shmelev. In testimony Shmeleva, Zakharova and Poikalainen there are obvious inconsistencies, says karpinska: for example, recently claimed that the mayor knew about the money transfer, and then he said that he did not know. Zakharov, who admitted that he was the intermediary in transfer of bribes to Urlashov, was sentenced to one year and ten months in prison. Poikalainen, was sentenced to five years strict regime colony.

Another criminal case was opened two days later after detention of the former mayor. According to the prosecution, another bribe Urlashov received from the Director of “Construction company “Artistry” Edward Avdalyan, who, like Shmelev, was the Deputy Gordumy from “an United Russia”. For the money Avdalyan, according to the prosecution hoped to obtain a controlling stake in JSC “Urban road management”. Avdalyan testify against Urlashov immediately after the arrest of the mayor of Yaroslavl. “First Avdalyan remembered that he gave 500 thousand rubles, then in a few weeks, he recalled that they had paid amounts in excess of these 500 thousand Finally, he remembered that he had been a video taking a bribe while he was recording it all on the device on which the record was not entitled. But the court these points were not taken into account,” says karpinska. In one of the recordings, says the lawyer, is seen as Avdalyan reports Urlashov newspaper bundle (a video transfer of a bribe portal has published Life), but the video could not see.

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The mayor is too political

Himself Urlashov during the investigation and at the trial insisted on his innocence and political background of his case — in his opinion, the authorities wanted to remove them uncomfortable mayor. “With me it was impossible to negotiate, and I decided to plant” — Urlashov said at a meeting of the Moscow city court, which extended his arrest. He insisted that in the case materials there is evidence of wiretaps of his talks and business negotiations, which confirm his position and accuses businessmen in collusion and fraud.

Urlashov was elected mayor in April 2012, in the second round he is almost twice bypassed the candidate from “United Russia”, supported by the Governor and Moscow, Yakov Yakushev. On election, he went as the independent candidate, and six months before ostentatiously left the party “United Russia”. Campaign for elections of the mayor took place at the period of mass rallies in Moscow against electoral fraud in state Duma elections in December 2011, and Urlashov urged to vote “against crooks and thieves” — the same slogan used earlier, the opposition Alexei Navalny. Shortly after winning the election Urlashov joined the party of billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov’s “Civic platform”.

Two weeks before his arrest, Urlashov held in Yaroslavl rally against the government of the Yaroslavl region, where the mayor announced his intention to compete for the governorship. The meeting gathered about 3 thousand people took part the representatives of “Civil platform”, the Communist party, “Fair Russia”. Autumn in the Yaroslavl region had legislative Assembly elections, “Civic platform”, according to the ratings at that time, occupied the first place, reminded the political scientist Alexander Kynev. “The political background of the case Urlashov obvious — such coincidences as the main opposition force in the region was arrested shortly before the elections, does not happen” — said Kanev. While Urlashov, according to expert, didn’t want to go into conflict with United Russia, supported the party in the elections of municipality of Yaroslavl in the fall of 2012, but later they still started the confrontation because of the failure of the may presidential decrees.

During the criminal case in support of Urlashov were opposition leaders Boris Nemtsov and Ilya Yashin, Prokhorov also vouch for him in court.

The political background of the case Urlashov was in the past, said Makarkin. “Participation in the “Civic platform” Prokhorov, cooperation with the opposition, the elections 2012-2013 — all of this past life. Now there is no opposition between the Yaroslavl mayor and the Governor, and the authorities do not need to intimidate the opposition in such a way,” says Makarkin.

The reason for such a harsh sentence could be the failure of ex-mayor to cooperate with the investigation and complete refusal to admit guilt, said the source close to the Kremlin. The sentence Urlashov is rather a signal to regional leaders that now are under investigation: the Governor of the Sakhalin region Alexander Khoroshavin, head of the Komi Republic Vyacheslav Gaizer, the Governor of the Kirov region Nikita Belykh, said Makarkin. The signal is that if the official came under investigation, the sentence will be tough, but the only way to mitigate is to repent, says Makarkin.

The sentence is really hard and, of course, there’s the signal, said political analyst and member of the Supreme Council of “United Russia” Dmitry Orlov. “This is an absolute inadmissibility of corruption actions of elected officials. I think that cruelty is due to the fact that Urlashov has held elective office, it is an aggravating circumstance”, he stressed. Orlov added that “pressure on the court in this case was not, but the court no one restrained.”

Political analyst Mikhail Vinogradov doubt that the harsh sentence Urlashov signal to anyone except himself Urlashov, with the representatives of the Federal government. “To give a signal to mayors it makes no sense — their status is already small. So I’m sure that sentence Urlashov — the story of a personal relationship of certain of the Federal forces against the former mayor of Yaroslavl”, — said Vinogradov.

The deadline for the mayor

Ten years in prison

In December 2014, the court convicted the former mayor of Astrakhan Mikhail Stolyarov in extortion of a bribe of 10 million rubles and demand of shares in the company of a local businessman and sentenced ” to ten years of strict regime and a fine of 500 million rubles.

The former mayor of Astrakhan Mikhail Stolyarov

Photo: Dmitry Rogulin/TASS

In a few months to ten years in strict regime colony and a fine of 500 million rubles was sentenced the mayor of Berdsk Ilya Potapov. He was convicted of receiving a bribe in the amount of 3.2 million rubles.

The accounting term for taking bribes in the amount of 800 thousand rubles. received the ex-the mayor of Syktyvkar Roman Tenishev in July 2016.

From two to five

In September 2015 for receiving a bribe in 2 million rbl. the court sentenced the mayor of Rybinsk Yuri Lastochkin to eight and a half years in prison.

The former mayor of Rybinsk Yuri Lastochkin

Photo: Vladimir Smirnov/TASS

Punishment for the former acting administration of Koktebel Sergey Padyukova that eight years of imprisonment and 16.4 million rbl. of the penalty, was appointed in may 2015 in the case of a bribe in the amount of $4.2 million for patronage in the provision of tour services.

In April 2014, was convicted of the mayor of Bratsk Alexander Serov in bribe extortion in the large size — 15 million rubles and sentenced to five and a half years in a strict regime colony.

Three years imprisonment and a fine of 5 million rubles to the mayor Suravi Andrew Lapin in July 2014 for taking bribes in the amount of 55 thousand rubles.

The most lenient, the court turned to the former Deputy mayor of Kemerovo Sergey Trealy. In July 2016, the official was sentenced to two years probation and a fine of 720 thousand. He was charged with extortion of 120 thousand rubles for the renewal of contracts for janitorial in the state institutions in the city.

Cases in production

Currently detained the former mayor of Kerch Sergei Pisarev, accused of receiving bribes in the amount of 3.2 million rubles., the mayor of Kopeysk Vyacheslav Istomin on charges of receiving a bribe in especially large size and mayor Ust-Ilimska Vladimir Taksanov for receiving bribes for total amount of 11 million rubles.

With the participation of Mikhail Rubin and Alexei Mitrakova