Former Sergiev Posad Mayor jailed instead of being fined
Judicial board convicted Viktor Bukin of taking a bribe and extortion and gave him an 8 year-long custodial sentence.
The Kostroma Region Court Judicial Board for Criminal Cases stiffened former City of Sergiev Posad Mayor Viktor Bukin’s punishment. The former Mayor had been fined for extortion and taking a bribe on an especially large scale. However, the Board gave him an 8 year-long custodial sentence instead upon revision of his case.
Viktor Bukin knew he had to enforce a court decision and levy a more than 47.8 million rubles debt from the municipality, according to the investigation. He offered the CEO of a for-profit company a bribe in May of 2015. The bribe should have amounted to 50% of the debt should it have really been paid. An intermediary was to give the bribe. Administration Legal Department Head Sergey Klimov, the intermediately, was arrested when giving a portion (6 million rubles) of the bribe. Local FSB Department employees later suspected Bukin.
The Mayor tried fleeing from prosecution. However, he was finally arrested in the Republic of Serbia in early 2016. Bukin was then extradited to Russian and fined for 2 million rubles.
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