Nizhny Novgorod ex-minister released on parole
Alexander Makarov served time for abuse of powers.
Former Minister of State Property and Land Resources of the Nizhny Novgorod region Alexander Makarov left the colony on parole, reports the joint press service of the courts of general jurisdiction for the region.
The official served 4.5 years in a penal colony for abuse of power. As the court established on April 5, 2016, Makarov, being the Minister, in 2012 illegally provided a commercial company with a land plot of 17 thousand square meters near Meshchersky lake. Given the market value of 60 million rubles ($937.5 thousand), the company bought land for 130 thousand ($2 thousand). It was assumed that a control point of the organization will appear on the plot.
The official did not admit his guilt. Makarov headed the Ministry of State Property and Land Resources of the Nizhny Novgorod region from 2007 to 2016. He was dismissed after the case was initiated.