Kopeysk ex-Mayor jailed for 4.5 years for rare wine and stuffed sturgeon he took as bribes

Kopeysk ex-Mayor jailed for 4.5 years for rare wine and stuffed sturgeon he took as bribes
Vyacheslav Istomin

Vyacheslav Istomin received a total of about 2 million rubles ($34.000) for his services.

Kopeysk town court found the former Mayor guilty of bribery for a total of about 2 million rubles ($34.000).

The court sentenced the ex-mayor to 4.5 years in a strict-regime colony and a fine of 5 million rubles ($85.000).

As the CrimeRussia wrote previously, Vyacheslav Istomin was detained in July 2016. The investigation established that the official helped entrepreneurs to obtain contracts for the equipment of school canteens and let them use land plots in exchange for bribes and kickbacks.

Mayor Istomin’s first bribe was a buffet celebrating his new job in 2011. The buffet was paid for by Andrey Prib, a businessman and the co-owner of Sotsialnoye Pitaniye LLC (Social Catering), whose testimony became the grounds for the criminal case. Later, the businessman also laid a festive table for the official’s birthday, a picnic and a few other banquets. The estimated cost of all the feasts amounted to almost 900.000 rubles ($15.260). Rare wine and stuffed sturgeon he took on the New Year’s were considered as bribery, too. In return, Andrey Prib received a land plot for the construction of a store. Then Vyacheslav Istomin got 900.000 rubles from an entrepreneur as a kickback under a contract for the supply of school and kindergarten equipment.

The official was willing to cooperate already at the investigation stage, recognizing his guilt under item (c), part 5 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Bribe-Taking).

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