Judges approved initiation of proceedings for bribery against former Tambov judge
The ex-judge Sergey Zubkov is suspected of receiving a bribe of 200 thousand rubles for delaying the case.
The Higher Qualification Collegium of Judges (VKKS) approved the submission of the Head of the Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) Alexander Bastrykin, who asked permission to institute criminal proceedings against a former judge of the Tambov regional court Sergey Suchkov. The investigation accuses him under Art. 290 of the Criminal Code (Bribe-Taking).
Earlier the CrimeRussia reported that Sergey Suchkov, being a judge of the Arbitration Court, has received in March 2016 a bribe for a verdict in an old litigation between SU-5 Zhilstroy Limited Liability Company and Zhilstroy Open Joint Stock Company related to a debt of 7.5 million rubles. When speaking with a representative of the debtor – Zhilstroy Open Joint Stock Company, – Suchkov offered to delay the debt collection for 200 thousand rubles. Upon receipt of the bribe, the judge has fulfilled his promise on the next day. He expected to get 100 thousand rubles more from the defendant for a rejection to secure the plaintiff’s claim. Representatives of Zhilstroy did not like the idea of the second tranche of a bribe, and they told security officers about the judge, who accepted bribes. The Higher Judges' Qualifications Board has dismissed him on May 20, 2016 for a disciplinary offense.
Sergey Suchkov has graduated from the Historical Faculty of the Tambov State Pedagogical Institute in 1991; in 1997 he graduated from the Moscow State Law Academy. He has been a judge of the Tambov Regional Arbitration Court since 2004. His total juridical experience is over 15 years
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