The criminal case against Dmitri Schepetkov, head of Feodosia City Administration and his deputy Makar Makarov was filed under the Article on receipt of bribery associated with extortion by an official, which provides for penalty of up to 15 years in prison,  TASS reports citing Natalia Poklonskaya,  Prosecutor of Crimea as saying.

“The case was initiated against members of criminal group who tried to extort money from a businessman for business enabling environment. The head of the municipality (Feodosia), and his deputy were members of this group,” Poklonskaya said, “I got under control the investigation in the criminal case.”

She also noted that the case was opened under Part 6 of Article 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, and the investigation is carrying out by the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Crimea. A measure of restraint has not been selected yet.

It was reported earlier that law enforcement officers detained Schepetkov and Makarov today, December 21.

“Masked men have taken Schepetkov and  Makarov out from Feodosia City Council building in handcuffs, put them in the van and drove away,” an eyewitness of the incident says.

Dmitri Schepetkov and Makar Makarov held their posts at Feodosia City Administration since December 2014.