Former deputy prime minister of Crimea sentenced to 11.5 years
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.