“Damn you.” Saratov ex-judge given 6 years for bribes
Vladimir Stasenkov was found guilty of attempted fraud.
Penza Regional Court passed a sentence against a former Saratov judge, Vladimir Stasenkov. He will spend six years in a penal colony and will also pay a fine of 500 thousand rubles, local media reported.
Penza Press news agency notes that after the verdict was pronounced, the former Saratov judge turned to the presiding judge with the words: “Damn you.”
As previously reported, Stasenkov became a defendant in a criminal case under part 3 of Art. 30 and part 4 Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (Attempted Swindling committed by a person using his official position on an especially large scale). He was detained in February 2016 while receiving a package with the first tranche of money. In total, as established by the investigation, the judge expected to receive 17 million rubles ($266.7 thousand).
The package contained 150 thousand rubles ($2.3 thousand) and dummy banknotes worth 5 million rubles ($78.4 thousand) as the first part of the illegal remuneration. In return, the judge promised his acquaintance to annul the conviction of another person convicted of fraud for 8 years’ imprisonment with serving in a high-security colony. Stasenkov argued that he would ensure the return of the case for a new trial with a further acquittal.