The prosecutor’s office asked for a deputy 14 years in prison on charges of bribery
The prosecutor's office asked to sentence deputy Belousov to 14 years in prison because of a bribe A Just Russia deputy Vadim Belousov is accused of taking bribes in the amount of more than 3 billion rubles. The investigation believes that his mother-in-law participated in corruption schemes
Patriots— For the truth” Vadim Belousov on charges of taking bribes in the amount of more than 3 billion rubles, RBC was told in the press service of the Moscow courts of general jurisdiction.
“The state prosecutor asks to sentence Vadim Belousov for a crime under Part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code of Russia (receiving a bribe on an especially large scale, the maximum punishment — up to 15 years) in the form of imprisonment for a period of 14 years to be served in a correctional colony of strict regime, — reported in the press service.
Also, a representative of the prosecutor's office asked to impose a fine of 500 thousand rubles on the accused. and forbid him for 15 years to hold positions in power structures, as well as public positions that are associated with organizational, distribution and administrative functions. the prosecution also asked the court to deprive Belousov of the medal of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland. second degree.
Belousov's mother-in-law Margarita Butakova, the chief accountant of the First Bakery company, is also accused in the case. Her prosecutor's office asked to sentence & mdash; taking into account the age of 80 and the presence of chronic diseases— to four years in a penal colony with a fine of 500 thousand rubles.
Prosecutors asked to change the sentence for Belousova and Butakova from a written undertaking not to leave the place to detention.
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According to investigators, Belousov, in complicity with the ex-governor of the Chelyabinsk region Mikhail Yurevich, received more than 3 billion rubles in bribes from 2010 to 2014. for the patronage of enterprises associated with auctions for road maintenance. The investigation considers Belousov's mother-in-law Margarita Butakova and his assistant Andrey Churkin as intermediaries in the transfer of bribes. The investigation also concluded that the deputy's wife was also involved in the scheme.
The investigators explained that both Belousov and Butakova were initially close to Yurevich. Butakova worked as the chief accountant of the First Bakery JSC owned by his family, and Belousov headed the Makfa pasta factory founded by Yurevich. In the “criminal group” under the leadership of Yurevich, they entered in 2010, when he was appointed head of the region, the investigation believes. Belousov, on behalf of the governor, contacted two businessmen involved in road construction— Konstantin Ovchinnikov and Alexei Bashaev— and offered them patronage. In exchange for “the most favorable conditions for the conclusion of government contracts” and “complete elimination of competition” he demanded 20% of the profits of their construction companies.
According to the Kommersant publication, the criminal case says that Belousov's mother-in-law was involved in fundraising in Chelyabinsk, and in Moscow— his wife: she rented a cell in Lesbank, where the participants in the scheme brought money. Every month she visited the bank and took 10 million rubles from the safe, the newspaper writes. Belousov's wife was not brought to justice, because, according to the prosecution, she did not directly participate in the shadow business.
Belouslov was deprived of parliamentary immunity in December 2018 at the request of the Prosecutor General's Office, but retained the mandate of a State Duma deputy.
In March 2019, the deputy was detained when he, being under house arrest, applied to the Investigative Committee for permission to travel to Belarus in a group of parliamentarians. Then the court refused to take Belousov into custody.
The deputy’s lawyer, Igor Trunov, previously told RBC that his client did not admit guilt and always appeared on the call of investigators as part of the investigation.
The deputy himself announced in 2019 that he did not agree with the charges. “I was blamed for the fact that I advocated that the Chelyabinsk region needs good roads. I still confirm that good roads are needed in the Chelyabinsk region, & mdash; Belousov said.
When asked why the investigation calls the amount of 3 billion rubles as a bribe, Belousov said that he did not take such an amount.
Vadim Belousov entered the State Duma on the lists from United Russia in 2011. In 2016, together with Yurevich, he left United Russia. and joined A Just Russia.
The Belousov family, together with the Yurevich family, were co-owners of JSC Makfa, the largest Russian pasta manufacturer, until 2014.
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