"Keep me here and expect me to rehabilitate, I think it is completely inappropriate". Re-trial for ex-Head of Kurgan region Tax Service
The case of Yuri Kasyanenko, convicted of the protection of a friend's firm, was sent for a new trial.
The verdict for abuse of authority of ex-Head of the Kurgan region Tax Service Yuri Kasyanenko was canceled. Previously, the lawyers of the ex-tax official filed an appeal, demanding a suspended punishment for their client. The Kurgan Regional Court, after reviewing the complaint, quashed the verdict of the City Court and sent the case for a new trial. However, the term of detention for Kasyanenko was extended by one month until September 7.
"Keep me here and expect me to rehabilitate, I think it is completely inappropriate. In addition, I have already been punished," Znak.com quoted the convict's words expressing at the hearing of the Regional Court.
As the CrimeRussia wrote earlier, at the end of June this year, Yuri Kasyanenko was sentenced to three years in a penal colony, having found guilty of Exceeding Official Powers (item (c), part 3 of Article 286 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The investigation and the court found that in 2014 the chief tax officer of the Kurgan region, together with head of the control department of the administration Olga Kiseleva-Zakharova conducted a formal on-site tax audit with respect to the Tyumentel company. The tax authorities found violations for an amount not exceeding 10 million rubles ($160.700), while in fact the enterprise's debt to the budget was more than 70 million rubles ($1.1m). It is worth noting that the director of the company was a friend of Kasyanenko. The investigators estimated that the actions of the Kurgan Tax Service management brought the state's damage in the amount of 67 million rubles ($1.15m).
The former official admitted his guilt, but at the trial he noted that "this is the method of inspections in Russia" and that in this way "it is possible to transplant all the heads of the departments of the Federal Tax Service". According to Kasyanenko, by his actions he tried to keep a large taxpayer in the region.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).