Former Deputy Chairman of Ivanovo administration to make up for bribes he took with a collection of paintings

Former Deputy Chairman of Ivanovo administration to make up for bribes he took with a collection of paintings
Andrey Kabanov, the former Deputy Chairman of the Ivanovo Regional Administration

The court jailed the ex-curator of home policy of the region accused of bribery for 8 years and 6 months.

The Ivanovo’s Leninsky District Court sentenced Andrey Kabanov, the former Deputy Chairman of Ivanovo Regional Administration, to 8 years 6 months of strict regime colony and a fine of 30 million rubles ($500.000). The court also deprived Kabanov of the right to hold senior positions in government for three years.

The ex-official was found guilty under parts 5 and 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Bribe-Taking) for two incidents of bribery: on a large scale and on an especially large scale, Kommersant reported.

It is worth mentioning that the prosecution requested 12 years of strict regime and a fine of 45 million rubles for the accused, but the court decided otherwise.

Also, during the investigation, a security arrest was imposed on Andrey Kabanov's property. In particular, it concerned commemorative coins made of precious metals, cash in rubles and other currencies (₽100.000, $1.175 and €455) and 119 paintings.

The Investigative Committee of Russia initiated a criminal case against Kabanov in August 2015, after which he was removed from office. According to the case file, the former official is accused of receiving two bribes. The court found that Andrey Kabanov took a bribe of 7 million rubles ($124.000) from Alexander Zhukov, the chairman of Ivanovo forestry committee, between June 1, 2014 and January 31, 2015 for reassigning the latter to his previous position. Zhukov was later accused in another bribery case.

Kabanov took his second bribe of 1 million rubles through Zhukov as his mediator.  Representatives of a logging commercial firm handed it over to the official. The verdict stated that Kabanov used his official powers to influence the officials of the Ivanovo Region Forestry Committee.

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