Accused of receiving multi-million bribe Sverdlovsk judge fled abroad
The judge took advantage of a long procedure for obtaining the consent of the Judicial Qualifications Board of the Sverdlovsk region for the initiation of the criminal case.
Former judge of the Asbest Сity Сourt, the Sverdlovsk Region, Maxim Vinogradov escaped with his family abroad and declared wanted. He was in absentia charged under part 5 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code (Bribe-Taking with extortion on an especially large scale), according to RIA Novosti. The judge took advantage of a long procedure for obtaining the consent of the Judicial Qualifications Board of the Sverdlovsk region for the initiation of the criminal case, because of the special legal status of Vinogradov.
According to investigators, June 24, 2016, judge Vinogradov received a bribe of 6 million rubles from the notary. For the money he had to acquit the notary, who was accused in the 18 episodes of fraud with the real estate.
Intermediaries in the transfer of money were assistant to the chairman of the same court Konstantin Zakharov and businessman Viktor Zubov. The investigation against them is ongoing, they are actively cooperating with the investigation.
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