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Formula 2 star Artem Markelov’s father Valery has been placed in cus­tody in Moscow days af­ter his son’s grand prix week­end de­but with Re­nault. The Bas­manny District Court of Moscow last week ap­proved the de­ten­tion for Markelov Sr over an al­leged breach of Ar­ti­cle 291, Sec­tion 5 the Crim­i­nal Code of the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion, which cov­ers bribery “com­mit­ted on a very large scale”. Ac­cord­ing to Rus­sian news agency RIA, Markelov Sr is ac­cused of giv­ing bribes to for­mer Min­istry of In­ter­nal Af­fairs Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko be­tween 2007 and ’16.

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