Former Governor of Sakhalin jailed for 13 years of strict regime
His accomplices also received long terms of imprisonment, as well as large fines.
By the decision of the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk City Court, former Governor of the Sakhalin region Alexander Khoroshavin is sentenced to 13 years in a strict-security prison, and a fine of 500 million rubles ($8.6m). The Prosecutor General's Office confirmed the verdict announced to the former official.
In addition, other defendants are also convicted. Ex-adviser to Khoroshavin Andrey Ikramov is sentenced to 9.5 years in prison and a fine of 171 million rubles ($2.9m), ex-Deputy Chairman of the regional government Sergey Karepkin to 8 years and a fine of 4 million rubles ($69.300), former Minister of Agriculture Nikolay Borisov got a fine of 2.5 million rubles ($43.300). The former Governor, Karepkin and Ikramov do not admit their guilt.
Depending on the role and degree of involvement, they were found guilty of eight episodes of Bribe-Taking (Article 290 of the Criminal Code), as well as Money Laundering (Article 174 of the Criminal Code).
The prosecution asked 13 years of imprisonment and a fine of 500 million rubles for Khoroshavin, the court agreed. It took four days for the court to announce the verdict to the ex-Governor.
Recall, former Governor of the Sakhalin region Alexander Khoroshavin has been in custody since March 2015. According to the investigation, being in charge, the Governor created an organized criminal group of high-ranking officials of the region. The gang was involved in extorting bribes from local businessmen. Eight episodes of obtaining illegal monetary compensation for a total of 522 million rubles ($9m) were proved. Officials received bribes for the construction of an energy facility state contracts, general patronage in the service and providing state support, issuing a permit for fishing and subsidies for the construction of an animal breeding complex.
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