Kostroma: trial of Sergiev Posad ex-Mayor accused of extorting more than 20 million rubles from merchant begins
At the first hearing Viktor Bukin refused to admit his guilt.
The Sverdlovsk District Court of Kostroma began the trial of the former Sergiev Posad Mayor Viktor Bukin. He was charged with Bribe-Taking through an intermediary committed with extortion (part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code).
Today, at the first meeting Bukin was read out the indictment, with which the former official did not agree and did not admit guilt.
Recall that in early 2016 the former Mayor of Sergiev Posad Viktor Bukin was detained in Serbia, where he was hiding from the investigation. The ICR considers that in 2014 the official, who was the Mayor at that time, extorted more than 20 million rubles from the director of the Kostroma firm Legal Partnership Center. It is interesting that the Administration of Sergiev Posad owed money to the company. The director of a commercial company recovered from the Mayor's Office 48 million rubles for services rendered earlier through the court. However, Bukin considered this amount too money-losing and required to pay half of the amount. The Mayor put requirements forth through an intermediary, the Head of the Legal Department Sergey Klimov. In June 2015 the firm’s account was funded by the expense of the required amount and on July 10, Klimov, who was detained by security officers after receiving 6 million rubles, came to Kostroma.
On November 23 the Kostroma Court begins questioning witnesses within the framework of the Viktor Bukin’s case.
"It is planned to interview 15 witnesses," - the judge’s assistant Anna Ragulina told TASS.
Note that Sergey Klimov was convicted in June of this year. He was found guilty under part 4 of Art. 291.1 of the Criminal Code (Mediation in Bribery) and sentenced to 30 million fine. The court issued such a lenient sentence taking into account the health condition of the accused (he provided a certificate of a serious illness).
Despite the fact that 2 years have passed since the criminal disassembly that turned into a slaughterhouse, the exact picture of what happened at the Elements restaurant on December 14, 2015, is still uncertain. The investigation of criminal cases and a whole series of major detentions, which entailed events of that evening, continue to this day. None of those who were involved in extortion, shoot-out and the protection of criminals has not yet been convicted. The CrimeRussia reconstructs the chronicle of the events of that day on the information available in the public domain and video recordings from CCTV cameras.
In the request sent by the Dozhd TV channel, there were no documents confirming violations committed by deputy Alexey Yezubov, said Natalya Poklonskaya, the head of the State Duma's commission for the control of declarations.