City of Yekaterinburg ‘Bandit Cemetery’ warden sentenced to 8 years in prison faces new trial for taking bribe 

City of Yekaterinburg ‘Bandit Cemetery’ warden sentenced to 8 years in prison faces new trial for taking bribe
Photo of photo artist Denis Tarasov

A criminal case against Shirokorechenskoe Cemetery (Yekaterinburg) warden accused of taking a bribe was referred to the Verkh-Isetsky District Court.

Aleksey Filinov is accused of 9 instances of breaking part 2 of Article 290 (Bribe-Taking by a Functionary, a Foreign Functionary or a Functionary of a Public International Organisation on a Considerable Scale) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, according to the Sverdlovsk Region Public Prosecutor’s Office.

The defendant solicited 30-100 thousand rubles bribes in exchange for allocating land plots at the Shirokorechenskoe Cemetery from April of 2014 to March of 2015, according to the investigation. He took the total of 510 000 rubles ($8.600) in bribes, according to reports.

Bribers were not prosecuted thanks to the fact many of them had voluntarily reported Filonov’s crimes to the police and cooperated with the investigation, as pointed out by znak.com. The defendant pleaded guilty.

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Filinov being arrested

Aleksey Filinov has already been incarcerated. He was sentenced to 8 years in high security prison in March of 2016. Filinov was convicted of having broken item (b), part 5 of Article 290 (Bribe-Taking on a Large Scale) of the Code. Court found him guilty of allocating 280 000 rubles worth of cemetery plots. The bribe taker was arrested red-handed at work when taking a 200.000-ruble ($3.400) bribe.

Filinov was very careful and has never said the amount of solicited bribes out loud, according to reports. He always wrote desired numbers on paper.

Shirokorechenskoe Cemetery was opened in Yekaterinburg in 1941. Red Army soldiers and officers who died from wounds in Yekaterinburg hospitals would be buried there. The Cemetery is also famous for first President of the Russian Federation Boris Yeltsin’s father and many Yekaterinburg scientists, engineers, and painters being buried there.

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Typical ‘Bandit Alley’ grave

Moreover, an avenue devoted to “victims of the 1990s” was opened at the Cemetery. Ural Region gang members, crime lords, and those close to them who were killed or died of natural causes during the 1990s and later are buried there. That is why the Cemetery is known as the Bandit Cemetery in Yekaterinburg.

Pictures of many Shirokorechenskoe Cemetery graves became famous in the UK thanks to Ural photo artist Denis Tarasov. He created themed series of graves for gang members on a request by the Saatchi Gallery.

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