Deputy Head of St. Petersburg district administration is justified on case of bribe
Investigators disagree with the court’s decision and intend to petition for appeal.
The Krasnogvardeysky District Court of St. Petersburg acquitted the former Deputy Head of Administration of the Krasnogvardeisky district Mikhail Gusev on the case of especially large bribe and abuse of official powers, reported RAPSI with reference to the Main Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation in St. Petersburg. Investigating officers consider the not guilty verdict unreasonable and are already preparing for submission of the appeal.
According to the investigators, in November, 2013 the official transferred state area to the gratuitous use of a private company. Subsequently, the site was strongly polluted by waste of the IV class of danger, which brought to budget damage in the amount of 24.5 million rubles.
As law enforcement authorities consider, Gusev could prevent a catastrophic situation in the territory, however he was closing his eyes to all violations for the monetary reward from commercial structure. According to investigating officers, during the period from November 27, 2013 to July 22, 2014 the official got several bribes for the total amount of 850 thousand rubles.
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