The judge of the Kirov court of Yaroslavl Michael Ratekin sentenced the former mayor Yevgeny Urlashov to 12 and a half years in a strict regime penal colony and a fine of 60 million rubles. Is a hard verdict to the head of the municipal formation a harbinger of a long period of time, arrested the governors? Or in the case Urlashov played a major role still political component? “MK” asked these questions to the experts.
Recall that the case of ex-mayor of Yaroslavl has become one of the most high-profile political processes in recent years. After the arrest of Yevgeny Urlashov many experts considered his prosecution was political. For mayor in 2012 he ran as an independent candidate, and shortly before the arrest was announced about cooperation with the party Mikhail Prokhorov “Civic platform” and the intention to run in the Yaroslavl regional Duma.
However, after his arrest, Urlashov was opened three high-profile cases of corruption against heads of major regions under investigation were the former Governor of the Sakhalin region Alexander Khoroshavin, the former head of Komi Republic Vyacheslav Gaizer and ex-Governor of Kirov region Nikita Belykh.
According to the logic, and they now have to fear an imposing sentences. Apparently, the days when courts handed down in cases of corruption crimes decisions related to multimillion-dollar fines, but not imprisonment, have sunk into oblivion. And for the criminals in power fallen on hard times. With this opinion agree and our commentators.
Alexei MAKARKIN, Vice-President of the Center for political technologies:
The political background of the process has already gone down in history: the confrontation between the Governor and the mayor of Yaroslavl is no longer relevant, and Urlashov has for several years may not perform the duties of the mayor and Civic platform, as the party is already completely different than when Prokhorov and Urlashov and the political situation is another. Because after 2013 was the Crimea, and sanctions. But actual intimidation. Urlashov refused admission of guilt and cooperation with the investigation. I think it is a signal for the arrested governors, which if they will not agree to the plea deal, it may be pronounced a very severe sentence
Dmitry ORLOV, Director General for political and economic communications:
The punishment is quite hard, perhaps even redundant. And it’s definitely a signal in relation to the arrested governors, and against the mayor Pushkarev, and in relation to other figurative corruption crimes. The signal in the sense that corrupt practices have become unacceptable. For politologist and judiciary corruption, the threat now is the most significant. The political aspect of the case seems to me to be secondary. Rather, we can say that the government does not intervene in the case Urlashov.
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