Russian court upholds detention of mayor charged with bribery
ST. PETERSBURG, August 8 (RAPSI, Mikhail Telekhov) – The Chelyabinsk Regional Court has dismissed an appeal filed by lawyers of Vladimir Istomin, mayor of town of Kopeysk in the Chelyabinsk Region, against his detention in bribery case, RAPSI learnt in the court’s press office on Monday.
Defense asked the court to release Istomin on a 3 million ruble bail ($45,800) or place him under house arrest.
Istomin was arrested on July 25. According to the local Investigative Committee Directorate, mayor of Kopeysk received large-scale bribes, estimated at 2 million rubles ($30,300) in total for abusing his power.
On July 26, Istomin was detained until September 25.