“This is not a sentence”: Peskov commented on the detention of Markelov

Dmitry Peskov


RIA Novosti

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov told about the arrest of ex-Governor of Mari El Leonid Markelov, who is suspected of receiving bribes. Reports about it “Газета.Ru”.

“This is not a sentence,” — said Peskov.

He noted that the resignation of Markelov is not associated with the case of corruption. According to him, the reason for this is likely to become a “long term finding him at the head of the subject.”

Last week Thursday, April 6, Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed Leonid Markelov, who headed the Mari El Republic for 16 years, since 2001. To lead the region until the upcoming September elections, the head of state proposed to Alexander Evstifeeva.

It was also reported that Markelov is suspected in the case of receiving a bribe. Among the defendants in the case, businessman Nicholas Krivas and the head of the Mari channel “12 region” Natalia Kozhanova.