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State Duma deputy Vadim Belousov was given 10 years in prison in the case of a bribe of three billion rubles. He missed the verdict

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The Moscow City Court sentenced Vadim Belousov, State Duma deputy from the A Just Russia – Patriots – For Truth faction, to 10 years in prison in a strict regime colony, reports Interfax.

Belousov was fined 500 million rubles, he was banned from working in the civil service for three years, and he was also deprived of the medal of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, II degree.

After his arrest in March 2019, Belousov was under house arrest. Now the Moscow City Court has replaced the preventive measure with arrest until the verdict comes into force. Belousov was not taken into custody in the courtroom because he did not come to the hearing. The defense explained that he was absent due to being busy.

According to the plot of the case, from May 2010 to January 2014, Vadim Belousov, his mother-in-law Margarita Butakova and Mikhail Yurevich (at that time the governor of the Chelyabinsk region) received a bribe of 3.4 billion rubles from representatives of the Avtoban holding for “general patronage.”

The court found Belousov and his mother-in-law guilty of accepting a bribe on an especially large scale. They pleaded not guilty. 80-year-old Margarita Butakova, taking into account her age and state of health, was sentenced to five years of probation and a fine of 500 million rubles.

Another person involved in the case, Mikhail Yurevich, is abroad, he has been put on the international wanted list.

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