Syktyvkar Mayor taken into custody

The police have apprehended Syktyvkar Mayor Ivan Pozdeyev on counts of a criminal offence, a source with knowledge of the situation told Interfax on Sept.25.

The police have apprehended Syktyvkar Mayor Ivan Pozdeyev on counts of a criminal offence, a source with knowledge of the situation told Interfax on Sept.25.

"Pozdeyev is detained and investigative proceedings are underway," he said.

At this stage the investigation is being conducted by security services, the source added.

"The Pozdeyev case will not be a part of the inquiry into the creation of a criminal group in Komi which involves Komi Republic head Vyacheslav Gaizer," the source said.

According to the source, Pozdeyev is being charged with illegal land transactions made in the region.

Interfax was also told about the detention of Pozdeyev by a source in the Syktyvkar city administration.

"The administration head went on vacation on Sept. 18 and planned to resume his work on September 28. Yet his detention has been reported and it is now hard to say when he may come to the City Hall," the source said.

The regional law enforcement authorities have not confirmed the detention as of yet.

The detention of Pozdeyev was claimed earlier this week, but reports were not confirmed during a later period.

Pozdeyev has been in charge of the Syktyvkar administration since January 2011. His predecessor, Roman Zenishchev, is being tried on a number of corruption charges.

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