Former mayor of Inta given 12 years in prison for bribe-taking
Apart from that, the former mayor will pay a 25 million rubles ($ 400000) fine.
The court in the town of Inta passed a verdict on the former head of the city administration Pavel Smirnov, having found him guilty of taking bribes (part 6 of Article 290 CCRF). The ex-mayor will spend 12 years in a penal colony and pay a fine in the amount of 25 million rubles.
It is noteworthy that a year ago Smirnov was already sentenced, but managed to appeal his judgment to the Supreme Court of Komi – the case was sent for reconsideration. The new hearing was held already in the court of Pripolyarye and Smirnov was found guilty again.
As the prosecution proved, in 2012-2014, the official received 7.4 million rubles ($ 117000) from an employee of a non-profit organization called Blagotvoritelny Fond Inty (Inta Charitable Foundation). The latter also heads the management companies of Vash Dom LLC (Your Home), MC Patera Kom LLC and home unit company Garant. In return, the mayor promised patronage.
The ex-mayor did not admit his guilt, whereas the bribe-giver admitted that he had repeatedly transferred money to Smirnov, fearing that otherwise, the ex-mayor would use administrative resources against him.
It is to be added that the court retained the arrest imposed on Smirnov’s property and bank accounts. At that, the amounts of money are not specified.
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.