Former Head of Buryatia Ministry of Agriculture sentenced to two and a half years in prison
The Court found the former offical guilty once again, at this time in a misappropriation of 47 million rubles.
The Head of Buryatia Ministry of Agriculture Alexander Manzanov sentenced to two and a half years imprisonment ingeneral regime penal colony. Ulan-Ude District Court found the former Minister guilty in an Abuse of Power. In addition, Manzanov will not be able to hold key positions in the civil service within three years.
The Court found that in December 2010 Alexander Manzanov, bearing the post of the Head of Buryatia Ministry of Agriculture and with personal stake in view, ordered to provide state support to the company, owned by his friend. This was reported by the press office of the Prosecutor's Office of Buryatia. According to the investigation and court, in 2010, LLC BTPK obtained a grant in the amount of 47 995 600 rubles within the framework of the program "Production of potatoes and vegetables in the Republic of Buryatia for 2009-2012". Alexander Manzanov was raised charges under two articles of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation: Part 4 of Article 160 (Misappropriation or Embezzlement)and Part 2 of Article 285 (Abuse of Official Powers).
At the moment the verdict has not entered into effect and may be appealed.
The remarkable thing is that this is the second criminal case against Manzanov. In July 2014 the same Ulan-Ude District Court sentenced the former Head of the Ministry of Agriculture to 2.5 years in general regime penal colony for Abuse of Powers in the case of reconstruction Unegeteyskaya irrigation system. October 29, 2013 in respect of the former Minister it was opened a criminal case under Part 2 of Article 285 of the Criminal Code (Abuse of Official Powers). On the first criminal case Manzanov was granted amnesty in honor of the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War and had to leave the remand prison. However, he did not go at large, because he was immediately arrested on the second criminal case.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).