Chelyabinsk region district head refused to dismiss deputy caught on bribe

Chelyabinsk region district head refused to dismiss deputy caught on bribe
Konstantin Gnipa

The prosecutor’s office insists on the official's dismissal.

The Head of Chesmensky district of the Chelyabinsk region, Tatyana Zhmorschuk, refused to comply with the demand of the prosecutor’s office and terminate her Deputy Konstantin Gnipa, who had come under investigation for a bribe. The prosecutor, in turn, insists that the official should be fired with the wording "in connection with the loss of confidence."

The prosecutor of Chesmensky district, Dmitry Kiselev, told Znak.com that Gnipa’s official duties included concluding municipal contracts. According to investigators, the official received a bribe in the amount of 480 thousand rubles ($7.4 thousand) for committing actions that contributed to a municipal contract with one of the entrepreneurs.

A criminal case was initiated under item (c), part 5 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Bribe-Taking on a large scale). By decision of the court, Gnipa was placed under house arrest.

After that, the prosecutor of Chesmensky district sent the Head of the municipality a submission demanding the termination of the employment contract with the Deputy and his dismissal due to loss of confidence. But in response, the Head of the administration said that she was not going to discharge the Deputy. According to her, since Gnipa does not recognize his guilt, and there has been no sentence in his case so far, there are no grounds for dismissal.

“Moreover, Gnipa wrote an application for holiday and received vacation pay, already being under house arrest. Now the issue of taking further prosecutorial response measures is being considered,” Kiselev summarized.

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