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Lawyer Markelov does not know about the seized from his client’s works of art

MOSCOW, April 20. /TASS/. The lawyer of the accus ed in bribery former head of the Mari El Republic Leonid Markelov has no information about the seized from his client objects of art during a search of the house in Yoshkar-Ola.

“I didn’t know about it. During the search I was not, the investigator nothing I haven’t talked about it,” said TASS, the lawyer Alexei Dudnik.

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Earlier, regional media reported that during the searches were seized manuscripts of Nikolai Karamzin, lifetime edition of the poems of A. S. Pushkin with a personal autograph, works of art of famous Italian artists Sandro Botticelli and Raphael, as well as sculptors and architects of the Renaissance.

Main Department of the RF IC in the investigation of particularly important cases filed Markelov charged with committing a crime under part 6 St. 290 criminal code (“Receiving bribe”), his alleged accomplice Natalia Kozhanova accused under part 4 of article 291.1 of the criminal code (“bribery Mediation”).

According to the investigation, Markelov via Kozhanov has received from the third defendant in the case – the founder of the poultry farm “Akashevskaya” Nicholas Krivosha more than 235 million rubles as a bribe for the protection and assistance of property the payment of state support to development of agricultural complex. None of the defendants did not admit his guilt. Basmanny court of Moscow arrested Markelov and Kozhanov until June 12.

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