Former Head of Sergiev Posad sentenced to fine for soliciting multimillion rubles bribes

Former Head of Sergiev Posad sentenced to fine for soliciting multimillion rubles bribes
Viktor Bukin

Viktor Bukin was released in the courtroom. 

The Kostroma court convicted former Head of Sergiev Posad Viktor Bukin. The ex-official is sentenced under part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code (Bribe-Taking).

Recall, in early 2016, former Mayor of Sergiev Posad Viktor Bukin was detained in Serbia, where he was hiding from the investigation. According to the criminal case, in 2014, the Head of Sergiev Posad, being up to the Municipality's debt to Kostroma Yuridicheskoe Partnerstvo Center, offered the claimant to enforce the judgment on payment for the rollback. His services the official estimated at 50% of the total debt, which amounted to 47.8 million rubles. The Mayor put forth requirements through an intermediary - Head of the Administration Legal Department Sergey Klimov. In June 2015, the firm received the expense of the required amount, and, on July 10, Klimov arrived to Kostroma; he was detained by security officers after receiving 6 million rubles. Klimov was convicted in June of this year. He was found guilty under part 4 of Art. 291.1 of the Criminal Code (Mediation in Bribery) and sentenced to 2-million-ruble fine. The court issued such a lenient sentence taking into account the health condition of the accused (he provided a certificate of a serious illness).

With regard to Bukin, throughout the trial he denied his guilt. On the eve, by a court's decision Bukin was sentenced to a fine of 4 million rubles with disqualification to hold certain positions for a period of 10 years. However, the Prosecutor's Office considered the sentence too lenient and announced its intention to appeal.

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