Novosibirsk: Former head of City Hall's Department for Industry sentenced to 8 years over bribe

Novosibirsk: Former head of City Hall's Department for Industry sentenced to 8 years over bribe
Nikolay Terekhov

The Novosibirsk Central District Court convicted former Head of the City Hall Department for Industry, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Nikolay Terekhov of corruption.

The court has ruled on a case against the public official, sentencing him to 8 years in high-security prison and a fine of 5 million rubles ($84.8 thousand).

The public official demanded a 5-million-rubles bribe for assistance in allocating a land lot, according to investigators. The FSB arrested him when he was taking the first part (1.5 million rubles or $25 thousand) of the bribe in December of 2015.

The Russian Investigative Committee submitted a motion to the court and it proceeded to arrest the public official.

Terekhov’s trial began a year ago. The former public official pleaded not guilty, claiming the FSB framed him.

Nikolay Terekhov also said he was going to appeal the decision in the Russian Supreme Court or even in the European Court of Human Rights, if he had to.

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