Former deputy head of ambassador in Northwestern Federal District Datsyshin released following requalification of article

Former deputy head of ambassador in Northwestern Federal District Datsyshin released following requalification of article
Aleksander Datsyshin

Initially, the official was accused of assisting in extortion, however the court delivered its sentence under a softer article.

St. Petersburg’s Moskovsky district court has delivered its sentence towards a former deputy head of ambassador of the President in the Northwestern Federal District Aleksander Datsyshin who had been accused of assisting in extortion of money from a head of a directorate of the Investigative Committee of Russia in Kaliningrad region, reports TASS.

The court moderated the punishment - Datsyshin was found guilty of assisting in an attempt of usurpation of power (item 5 of article 33, item 3 of article 30, item 3 of article 330 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). He was sentenced to 350 hours of community service.

Another defendant in the case is an ex-member of Kaliningrad region Duma and a reporter Igor Rudnikov. He is accused of extortion, as well as non-notification about the presence of a document that allowed to live on a permanent basis in a foreign state (item 3 b of article 163, article 330.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The court moderated the punishment, as well. He got 550 hours of community service. Both plead not guilty.

The criminal case was investigated by investigators of the Main Investigations Directorate of the Investigative Committee of Russia. According to the case, Datsyshin helped Rudnikov - who at the time of the crime was a chief editor at Novye kolesa outlet - extort $50 thousand from a head of a directorate of the Investigative Committee of Russia in Kaliningrad region Viktor Ledenev. Otherwise, the reported threatened with a series of compromising articles on Ledenev.

Russia’s Supreme court had earlier ordered to render the case from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg for the purpose of dispassionate investigation. The Prosecution Service asked to find Datsyshin guilty of assisting in extortion and sentence him to 8 years in a strict regime colony. The Prosecution Service sought for 10 years in a colony for Rudnikov.

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