Omsk ex-Deputy Governor convicted of land fraud now released
Dozens of journalists arrived at the colony where Yuri Gamburg had spent almost a year, however the ex-officer managed to get out of the prison unnoticed.
Former Vice-Governor of the Omsk region Yuri Gamburg has been released from prison where he had been serving a sentence for a land fraud.
Dozens of press members came to meet the ex-official from the correctional colony No. 8 in Omsk. There was a crowd near the central entrance already by 9 am. However, the journalists did not see Gamburg after all. According to RIA Omsk-Inform, the former Deputy Governor left the prison right after getting up at 6 am to avoid media attention.
As the CrimeRussia wrote previously, the Sovetsky District Court of Omsk granted a motion on April 17 to release Yuri Gamburg on parole. The prosecution did not object as the ex-official had good references from the correctional institution and had fully repaid the damage caused to the budget, 7.5 million rubles ($134.000).
We should remind that Gamburg was sentenced to 5.5 years in prison in June 2016 (counting the time he had spent in jail since 2014). He was charged under Article Exceeding Official Powers with the infliction of grave consequences (part 3 of Art. 286 of the Criminal Code). According to the investigation, the official sold a few land plots to businessmen at a lower cost while holding the post of director of Omsk Department of Property Relations between 2008 and 2012. The land was then resold at a price three times as high to new owners for construction of detached houses. Gamburg pleaded not guilty and repeatedly stated that his actions were completely legal.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).