Former Vice-Governor of Vologda Region gets house worth 4 million as bribe
The construction of the house for the official was financed by the CEO of Vologodskaya Yagoda LLC Andrey Petukhov.
Former Deputy Governor of the Vologda Region Nikolay Guslinsky was detained in Moscow on suspicion of bribery on an especially large scale.
According to investigators, Guslinsky, holding a high position in the Region Administration, provided protection to the agro-industrial complex called Vologodskaya Yagoda LLC (Vologda Berry). The Vice-Governor provided his overwhelming assistance in business development from 2013 to 2015. It is noted that the official, in particular, helped to provide companies with loans from credit institutions. For such support, CEO of Vologodskaya Yagoda Andrey Petukhov, as a bribe, financed the construction of a dwelling house and outbuildings actually owned by the former Deputy Governor. The investigators evaluated the businessman’s "gratitude" for a total amount not less than 3.75 million rubles.
A criminal case under part 6 of Art. 290 of the Russian Criminal Code (bribery on an especially large scale) was initiated against the former senior official. The media reported that Guslinsky, who was detained in the capital, is currently convoyed to Vologda.
Guslinsky has been holding the position of the Deputy Governor of the Vologda Region from February 2012 to March 2016; he resigned at his own request. In the regional government, he was in charge of issues related to forestry and agriculture in the region. According to unofficial information, the reason for leaving was precisely the scandalous situation around Vologodskaya Yagoda.
As the online publication Newsvo reports, Acting Head of the Department of Agriculture Anna Belyaevskaya was also previously arrested. She as well is accused of bribery for providing subsidies to Vologodskaya Yagoda and of the embezzlement of budget funds. As of today, according to the investigation of the Vologodskaya Yagoda case, we know about the embezzlement of 90 million rubles from the budget.
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