Astrakhan Administration Transport Management Head caught with bribe 

Astrakhan Administration Transport Management Head caught with bribe
Vasily Savonin, the Head of Transport and Passenger Transportation Department of Astrakhan Administration

The official promised to patronize certain carriers for a million rubles ($17.5 thousand).⁠

Astrakhan siliviki detained Head of the Department of Transport and Passenger Transportation of the administration of the regional center Vasily Savonin on suspicion of bribe-taking. This is reported by IA Regnum.

According to the investigation, in the evening of April, 25 he received 1.25 million rubles ($21.9 thousand) from an intermediary as a ‘reward’ for extending the contract and eliminating the competitors on the route of the local company carrying out passengers.

Corruptionists were detained red-handed when transferring the money in a car parked near a shopping center.

A criminal case was initiated against Savonin under article implying Bribe-Taking on an especially large scale (part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code). The actions of the mediator, who turned out to be chairman of the guild of carriers of the Astrakhan region Sergey Makarov, fell under part 4 of Art. 291.1 of the Criminal Code (Mediation in bribery).

The issue concerning a preventive measure against the suspects is being currently considered.

Last week Astrakhan detained another official on charges of corruption – interregional environmental prosecutor of Volga interregional environmental prosecutor’s office Sergey Borisikhin. For a bribe he promised not to conduct environmental legislation compliance checks. A businessman interested in this gave 500 thousand rubles ($8.7 thousand) through an assistant of Borisikhin. As a result, both the official and his assistant became the defendants of the case under following articles: item (c), part 5 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code (Bribe-Taking on a large scale) and item (b), part 3 of Art. 291.1 of the Criminal Code (Mediation in Bribery).

Earlier, in April 2017, law enforcement officers have also detained two ex-employees of the regional department of the Federal Service for Drug Control, who extorted half a million rubles ($8.7 thousand) from the dealers they detained, promising to release them.

Furthermore, in the same month the Investigative Committee of the Astrakhan region announced the investigation into former deputy of the regional Duma Pavel Grigorshev. Being the head of Kanalvodstroy, he made a number of forged acts of acceptance of construction and installation works, which were to be carried out at sewage disposal plants and water distribution networks in Mayachnoye village, Ikryaninsky district. More than 2.7 million rubles ($47.4 thousand) were paid for the works that were not actually completed.

He was also accused of embezzling over 3 million budget rubles ($52.7 thousand) allocated for the construction of the facility in the village of Vinny, Volodarsky district of the region.

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