Mayor of Taganrog is convicted for snow handling’s exorbitant payment
Vladimir Prasolov managed illegally 5.5 million rubles at the time of snowfall in 2014.
In Taganrog the court delivered a judgment against Mayor of Taganrog Vladimir Prasolov. He was found guilty of Abuse of Official Powers (Part 2 Article 285 of the Criminal Code). According to version of investigators, Prasolov ordered to allocate money from the reserve fund of the city administration in the amount of more than 5.5 million rubles for the payment, made to an individual entrepreneur Andrei Makarenya for supposedly snow handling at the time of an emergency in January-February 2014. In reality, the cost of completed snow-clearing works was just over 800 000 rubles, noted investigators. Among other things, because of the heavy snowfall that year citizens were often obliged to clean up their yards and sidewalks on their own.
The criminal case was opened in December 2015. There were searches in the mayor's office and a few days later Prasolov was temporary dismissed from office.
Prasolov was sentenced to one-year imprisonment in a correctional colony of general regime. Moreover, the court debared him from holding public offices for 2 years.
The public prosecutor asked for Vladimir Prasolov to impose a penalty for a term of 3 years of conditional restraint of liberty.
Lawyers of suspended Mayor may appeal the verdict within 10 days. In the meantime, the convicted Mayor of Taganrog will be under house imprisonment.
The Taganrog’s Deputy Head of housing and public utilities Ludmila Prishpetnaya, who concluded a municipal contract with the entrepreneur and paid for complited work, also lies under investigation. The official had also been accused of Abuse of Official Powers, but pardoned legislatively later.
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