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Togliati city mayor Nikolai Utkin has been detained as a suspect in bribery
Togliati city mayor Nikolai Utkin has been detained as a suspect in bribery, the press service of the Prosecutor's Office of the Samara region told Tass on Wednesday. Nikolai Utkin and chief of the mayor's office land resources department Natalia Nemykh have been incriminated in a conspiracy with the aim of the extortion of 150 million roubles from an entrepreneur of a commerce organization who claimed to lease a plot of land with the overall territory of more than 1. 5 million square meters for construction purposes, the press service said with reference to a joint investigation conducted by the Samara regional Prosecutor’s Office and the regional FSB department. The entrepreneur was threatened with the loss of the land plot already authorized to him if he refused to pay. A mediator who acted on behalf of Natalia Nemykh was caught red handed when he accepted a first roll of the banknotes worth 25 million roubles. The Samara regional prosecutor has opened a criminal case on charges of bribery and connivance in the deal on a preliminary conspiracy. Mayor Utkin, Chief of the land resources department Nemykh and the mediator, Nikolai Sidorov, have been detained. An investigation team, including experts of the Samara regional prosecutor's office and the Samara regional FSB department, has been set up to investigate the case.
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