Ex-Langepas mayor busted on corruption charges gets 8.5 years in colony

Ex-Langepas mayor busted on corruption charges gets 8.5 years in colony
Andrey Miniakhmetov Photo: Langepas administration

The officer has been fined 2.5 million rubles ($37,714) and got a suspended sentence.

Former Deputy Mayor of Langepas, Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous District, Andrey Miniakhmetov, has been sentenced by the court to 8.5 years on the third attempt. Prior to this, the court had imposed a punishment not related to deprivation of liberty and sentenced him to a fine on charges of Bribe-Taking on an Especially Large Scale.

According to the investigation, in 2016, Miniakhmetov, who oversaw the municipal housing and utilities sector, received a bribe from ConcessCom LLC for “general protection” and subsidies. Later, the company head, Andrey Gurin, reported the official to the Investigation Committee.

The court of Langepas was able to decide on the verdict of a high-ranking official only on the third attempt. The sentences were canceled in connection with the prosecutor’s statement, who said that the verdict of the court was too lenient and pointed to the “wrong qualification of actions,” as well as “disproportion of the punishment and the severity of charges.”

To recall, the official was sentenced to a fine of 2.5 million rubles and deprived of the right to hold office in the administration for two years. Then the verdict was extended to five years of probation. It was only on the third attempt that the court imposed a sentence of 8.5 years of real term imprisonment on him.

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