Russia: Detention of ex-Mari El governor in bribery case extended for three months

A court in Nizhny Novgorod on Wednesday extended detention of ex-governor of Mari El Republic Leonid Markelov charged with corruption for three months, his lawyer Igor Trunov told RAPSI.

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, his defense asked for the hearing adjournment because of the ARVI signs of one of the attorneys, but the motion was dismissed.

Markelov is on trial on bribery allegations. Initially, the case against him was to be considered in the Republic of Mari El, but the Supreme Court of Russia changed its territorial jurisdiction and forwarded the case to Nizhny Novgorod.

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