Former deputy prime minister of Crimea sentenced to 11.5 years

Former deputy prime minister of Crimea sentenced to 11.5 years
Oleg Kazurin

Oleg Kazurin, the former deputy prime minister of the peninsula has been convicted of 27m-ruble bribery ($426.880) he had taken from a construction company.

The Kiev district court of Simferopol reached the verdict on a case of major bribery. The former official got 11.5 years of imprisonment and a fine of 56 million rubles ($885.381).

The former deputy prime minister was handcuffed in February at the airport of the Crimean capital city as he tried to flee to Moscow. Then Kazurin was placed in a detention center pending trial.

The official had worked with the Crimean government for less than a year, but, judging by the case file, this time was quite enough for him to get a few generous rewards from a construction firm in exchange for a guaranteed state contract. Kazarin also asked a businessman to get him a Lexus RX350 and non-residential premises of 200 square meters in one of Moscow districts. FSB investigators prosecuted him for bribe-taking on an especially large scale. The official was also charged with money laundering and attempted fraud.

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