Support The Moscow Times!

Sakhalin Police Detain Deputy Mayor on Suspicion of Bribery

Alexei Leskin

Police in Sakhalin have detained a deputy mayor on suspicion of bribery, a news report said Thursday, in the latest of a series of corruption scandals involving high-ranking officials from the far eastern island.

Two criminal cases have been opened against Alexei Leskin, the deputy mayor of the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, who is suspected of accepting two bribes amounting to 15 million rubles ($293,000), Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax on Thursday.

The city's former mayor Andrei Lobkin — who is currently abroad — is also wanted on suspicion of acting as a mediator in the bribes, which saw money exchanged in return for favorable outcomes in local elections, Markin added.

The detention of Leskin follow a series of corruption cases against government chiefs on the resource-rich Sakhalin Island.

Former governor Alexander Khoroshavin, who was detained in early March, is currently in a pretrial detention center in Moscow on charges of receiving more than $5.6 million in bribes to facilitate business deals while in office.

Two former minister in Khoroshavin's regional government were also detained this week and accused of receiving a bribe — the former deputy head in charge of fishing industries, Sergei Karepkin, and the former agriculture minister, Nikolai Borisov, TASS reported Thursday.

A former Sakhalin construction minister, Vladimir Lyovin, is also under investigation on suspicion of abuse of office, the report said, adding that a municipal lawmaker in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Sergei Korotkov, has also been detained and accused of embezzlement.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more