Official from Rostov region Labor Ministry convicted of taking bribe with furniture
The Head of the department for persons with disabilities helped the merchant to get government contracts.
The Oktyabrsky District Court of Rostov-on-Don sentenced the former head of the department for persons with disabilities of the regional Ministry of Labor Nelli Vartanian to seven years in a general regime colony with a fine of 1.6 million rubles and deprivation of the right to hold positions in government for three years, the press service informs regional Prosecutor's Office. The ex-official was found guilty of taking a bribe in the form of furniture (part 5 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
As established by the investigation, Vartanian helped a commercial organization win tenders for contracts within the framework of the Accessible Environment program. In the period from July 2016 to March 2017, the official received furniture worth 480 thousand rubles and 50 thousand rubles to a bank account from the merchant.
According to Kommersant, contracts for 4 million rubles were received by Divolan LLC, which carried out work on repairing buildings and installing ramps and elevators in nursing and disabled homes in Novocherkassk, Shakhty, Taganrog, and Rostov. The clerk owed 10% of revenue.
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