MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities are investigating the only opposition mayor of a major city for allegedly soliciting bribes.
The Investigative Committee in Yaroslavl, a city of about 590,000 some 250 kilometers (150 miles) east of Moscow, said Wednesday that it arrested mayor Evgeny Urlashov and three of his deputies for allegedly demanding a bribe of 14 million rubles (about $420,000) from an unidentified contractor.
Footage of police in masks, camouflage and bulletproof vests raiding Urlashov's apartment led Russian state TV news. Police said they found $500,000 in cash belonging to Urlashov next door, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.
Urlashov easily won election last year as anger over corruption and mismanagement by the Kremlin-controlled United Russia party surged. He denied the charges to Russian journalists before being driven to the police station.