According to the Committee, a criminal case was opened against Solovyev over suspicions of him having received several bribes totaling approximately 140 million rubles ($2.48 million). The Committee explained that in 2014-2016, Solovyev received a number of bribes from companies implementing the construction of bridges across the Kama and Buy Rivers. Solovyev then provided the companies with immediate support from the federal and regional budgets, as well as with licenses required for further construction.
Solovyev, a member of the United Russia (ER) party, was elected the President of the Udmurt Republic in September 2014. Earlier in the day, a source in the party told Sputnik that in accordance with the party's Charter, Solovyev’s membership was automatically suspended because of the criminal case.
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