Novosibirsk court found ex-Governor guilty of exceeding official powers
Standing with the last plea, Yurchenko called his guilt unsubstantiated, and the case - falsified.
The Central District Court of Novosibirsk recognized ex-Governor of the Novosibirsk region Vasily Yurchenko guilty of abuse of authority in the sale of land in the city center, Interfax reports.
According to the investigation, in 2010, Yurchenko, who was then the First Deputy Governor, canceled the open auction for the sale of a land plot in the center of Novosibirsk announced by GazTransKom. The cost of the site and the unfinished object on it was estimated at 40.4 million rubles ($705.400). After that, the site was sold to the company Taktika at a price within no more than 20 million rubles. ($349.200)
Until the middle of the 2000s there was a medical institution on the site. After the sale there was a plan to build a hotel, but now the site continues to stand empty.
The prosecution estimated the income received by GazTransCom OJSC of 17.7 million rubles, but later reduced the amount to 14 million rubles. It is noted that 100% of the company's shares belong to the Novosibirsk region. The state prosecutor asked the court to sentence Yurchenko to four years in prison.
The defense of the ex-Governor asked the court to justify him for lack of corpus delicti. According to lawyers, the cancellation of the auction helped to avoid causing "multimillion damage" to the regional budget. Yurchenko himself said that the development of the disputed site took place without his participation since 2005, and this is confirmed by the agreements concluded at that time.
Vasily Yurchenko was dismissed from the post of Governor of the Novosibirsk region in March 2014 "in connection with the loss of confidence." Two months later, a criminal case was initiated against him under negligence, which was later terminated, as well as Exceeding Official Powers (part 2 of Article 286 of the Criminal Code). The ex-Governor was charged in September 2014. He was given a preventive measure in the form of a recognizance not to leave and proper behavior. The trial of Yurchenko began in December 2015.