Ex-official sentenced to 9 years' imprisonment for bribe-taking in form of property
Alexander Melnikov is obliged to pay a fine in the amount equal to twofold bribe.
The court of the Sverdlovsk region rendered the verdict against former deputy head of Aramil Alexander Melnikov, having found him guilty of taking a bribe on an especially large scale. The official is jailed for nine years of a strict-regime colony and a fine in the amount of 4.6 million rubles ($73.400). This was reported by the press service of the department for the region.
As established by the court, the official who was in charge of receiving and issuing permits for the construction of residential buildings in the city, received documents for an apartment in a house on the Tekstilschiki Street in the area of 52 square meters and worth 2.3 million rubles in the name of his friend.
Using the official position, Melnikov issued a permit to build a house without any checks, for which he could register one of the apartments in this house under the ownership.
Melnikov was convicted under part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code of Russia (Bribe-Taking by an official in the form of granting other property rights for unlawful acts committed on an especially large scale).
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