Another case of bribery against Head of Saratov region's district Oleg Topol
Another criminal case has been initiated against Head of Marksovsky district of the Saratov region Oleg Topol, detained in January 2017 on suspicion of corruption.
As the regional ICR Investigations Directorate reported, this time Topol, accused with Abuse of Official Powers (Art. 285 of the Russian Criminal Code) two month ago, is charged with Bribe-Taking.
The Saratov region IC Investigations Directorate has initiated a criminal case under part 6 of Art. 290 of the Russian Criminal Code (Accepting a bribe for illegal actions committed on an especially large scale). Evidence of the official's crime was obtained during joint operational activities of the officers of the FSB and the MIA of the Saratov region.
According to the investigation, in June 2014, Oleg Topol received a bribe from a local resident in the form of part of a land plot with a cadastral value of more than 6 million rubles (101 thousand dollars) through an intermediary. For this amount, the giver of the bribe was to receive the second half of the site that he had previously leased.
Let us recall that in late January, Head of Marksovsky district of the Saratov region Oleg Topol was detained in his office, where the FSB officers held a search. Later it became known that he was charged under Art. 285 of the Russian Criminal Code.
The investigation believes that Topol illegally transferred the land plot to the local resident’s ownership. Afterwards, the rights to his part were transferred to a person affiliated with the official for subsequent sale. The fictitious owner of the land demarcated it into 18 parts and sold two of them on January 16, 2017. As the ICR reported, the dummy owner passed the 360 thousand rubles (6 thousand dollars) obtained as a result of a transaction to the head of the Marksovsky district through his wife as mediator.
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