Court sentences ex-Governor of Novosibirsk region to 3 years’ probation

Court sentences ex-Governor of Novosibirsk region to 3 years’ probation
Vasily Yurchenko

The prosecution disagrees with the verdict to Vasily Yurchenko.

The Central District Court of Novosibirsk sentenced Vasily Yurchenko, the former Governor of the Novosibirsk region, to a 3-year probation. The official was accused of office abuse.

"To recognize Yurchenko guilty under part 2 of Art. 286 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and sentence him to imprisonment for a period of three years. The sentence should be considered suspended with a probation period of three years," said Judge Alla Veselykh.

The prosecution disagreed with the verdict to Vasily Yurchenko. The state prosecutor demanded that the court sentence the official to 4 years of imprisonment and fine him 14 million rubles ($243.400) to make up for the lost income.

The defense also found the verdict unreasonable and illegal.

"We are going to appeal, of course," said attorney Alexander Belyan.

Vasily Yurchenko was accused of office abuse. According to investigators, while being a Vice-Governor in 2010, he sold a land plot in downtown Novosibirsk at a reduced price without an auction. This way Yurchenko caused a 17.7m-ruble damage ($307.700) to the budget of the region. When the details of the case surfaced in 2014, Yurchenko was removed from the governor post by Vladimir Putin’s decree due to  "loss of trust and confidence."

Yurchenko’s many awards and positive characteristics of his government service played an important role when reaching the verdict. Also, the amount of damage from Yurchenko’s power abuse was reduced by 100 times in the verdict, from initially being 14 million rubles to 135 thousand rubles.

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