Novgorod region: Investigative Committee Deputy Head sentenced for swindling
The Novgorod District Court convicted Evgeny Ridzel, the former Deputy Head of the ICR Investigative Directorate in the Novgorod region.
The regional law enforcement agencies reported that the former ICR officer had been found guilty of an offense under part 3 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (Swindling committed by a person through his official position, as well as on a large scale).
According to the investigation, in March 2014, the Deputy Head of the regional ICR forced Konstantin Kondratyev, the founder of Novgorod Road Repair Company, to pay him 800 thousand rubles promising his assistance in getting the license to extend the subsoil area of Kurskaya Gora. According to the Novgorod media, it was Kondratyev who came to Ridzel first, after the regional administration refused to license him.
The money was passed to Ridzel, however, the ICR official failed to fulfill his obligations to Kondratiev since he was not in the position to do so.
The court sentenced Evgeny Ridzel to 3 years and 10 months in a penal colony with a 3 years’ disqualification from holding law enforcement posts. The convicted was also fined 800 thousand rubles in favor of the victim.
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