Deputy head of St. Petersburg Property Fund admits to large bribe
Aleksandr Ivanov has been detained on suspicion of taking 1.7 million rubles ($30,158) as a bribe for granting the first refusal for the purchase of premises on Nevsky Prospekt.
Operatives of the FSB Directorate in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region have detained Deputy Head of the Imushchestvo State Public Institution (SCU) Aleksandr Ivanov on suspicion of taking an especially large bribe for granting the first refusal for the purchase of premises on Nevsky Prospekt. This is reported by Fontanka. He has pleaded guilty and testified against Deputy Director of the Property Fund of St. Petersburg, Ilya Zhinkin. Zhinkin has been arrested; he does not admit his guilt.
The criminal case of bribe-taking by an official on an especially large scale (part 6 of Art. 290 of the Russian Criminal Code) was initiated on February 16 this year. On the same day, the institutions subordinate to the Property Relations Committee were searched. The reason for the case initiation were suspicious transactions granting the first refusal for the purchase of premises on Nevsky Prospekt. According to the investigation, the defendants received about 1.7 million rubles for their assistance in the purchase of premises.
The Property Relations Committee has confirmed the official’s detention. It is noted that he has given in his notice and no longer works in the Property Fund of St. Petersburg. According to Fontanka’s sources, Ivanov was released on bail after pleading guilty.
The Fontanka’s source also said that the investigative measures against Ivanov were launched immediately after the institution of the criminal case, but law enforcement bodies preferred not to disclose it for operational reasons.
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