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Sergei Mitrokhin connects resignation of Vyacheslav Dudka, Governor of Tula Region, with corruption scandals

Press Release

July 29, 2011

"Resignation of Vyacheslav Dudka, Governor Tula Region, is connected with corruption scandals around him and his people," said YABLOKOs leader Sergei Mitrokhin.

"It was clear for me that Dudka would resign soon after court acquitted Vladimir Timakov, MP of the Tula City Duma [who was a defendant on a libel case for his criticism of the Governor], on June 30," Mitrokhin added.
Court found that Vladimir Timakov, YABLOKOs MP in the Tula City Duma was guilty of libel in November 2010. The court found that Timakovs criticism of the Governor for corruption was libel.

If the courts decision had come into force this would mean that Timakov representing YABLOKO in the city parliament would automatically cease being an MP loosing his mandate. On June 30, 2011, the higher instance court recognized Timakov innocent.

Governor Dudka has been a witness in a criminal case against Director of the Department of Property and Land of the Tula region. The former subordinate of the Governor is accused of accepting a 40 million roubles bribe (approx. USD 1.3 mln).

However, according to Mitrokhin, an even louder corruption scandal in the region was connected with a criminal case of illegal privatisation of a housing and utilities company taking a monopoly position in Tula.
The company worth 292 million roubles was sold for 28 million roubles only.

"... The stock value of the Management Company of Tula had been lowered by 10.4 times," runs the letter of Mr.Sedukhin, Public Prosecutor of Tula to Sergei Mitrokhin.

"Appointment of a new governor may give a new impulse to the criminal case. Now the investigation has come to a deadlock," Mitrokhin noted.

See also:

Public Prosecutor dismisses charges against YABLOKOs MP in the Tula parliament Vladimir Timakov. Press Release, June 30, 2011

On the court judgment on Vladimir Timakov libel case. Statement by the Chairman of the Tula branch of YABLOKO. November 30, 2010.

YABLOKO conducted a picket in support of deputy of the Tula City Duma. Press Release. September 7, 2010.

Tula City Duma deputy persecuted for his criticism of the Governors work. Statement by the Tula branch of YABLOKO. July 15, 2010

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Press Release

July 29, 2011