Omsk region: ex-Deputy Governor Yuri Gamburg to be released on parole
He is serving a term of 5.5 years.
The Sovetsky District Court of Omsk granted the motion to release former Deputy Governor of the Omsk region Yuri Gamburg on parole. He will be free in 10 days, when the decision comes into force.
According to the senior assistant to the prosecutor Tatyana Bulikhova, the Prosecutor's Office also supported the favorable decision concerning Gamburg, as he had fully compensated the damage, and also had good references from the colony administration.
This means that Gamburg will be released after less than a year into the term. The Kuybyshevskiy District Court of Omsk jailed the former official for 5.5 years on 8 June 2016, having found him guilty of exceeding official powers. The prosecutor's office had requested 4 years, and the court counted in the 2 years the accused had already spent in prison. Besides, a fine of 7.5 million rubles ($133.000) was imposed on Gamburg.
The court agreed with the arguments of the prosecution saying that being the director of the Omsk Property Relations department between 2008 and 2012, Gamburg signed documents authorizing the sale of 25 plots of land in the left-bank village of Chukreevka at a lower cost. The expensive land was sold as vegetable gardens, and later the special commission decided that the plots should be used for residential development. The territory was then built up with elite cottages. The estimated damage to the city budget was initially 400 million rubles ($7m), but the court half reduced its size.
The permissions also included the signature of Gamburg’s deputy Vadim Merenkov. He escaped from a Moscow hospital in March 2014, was put on the international wanted list and arrested in absentia. After 2.5 years, he turned himself in, and now is under investigation, being also charged with abuse of office.
Besides, in July 2007, Gamburg signed an agreement without an auction making an entrepreneur named Nadezhda Petryakova the owner of 300-square-meter Charodeika store in downtown Omsk for 3.2 million rubles ($57.000). The damage to the city amounted to 7.5 million rubles ($133.000).
The Russia’s Investigative Committee central office has taken the case of former Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg Marat Oganesyan for investigation. However, the St. Petersburg’s Investigative Committee dept (regional dept where the case had been investigated previously) did not find state budget damage in the Zenit Arena fraud case.
Among his accomplices are a lawyer, who presented himself as the plenipotentiary of the self-proclaimed republic in the International Criminal Court with the United Nations, and an entrepreneur, already serving a sentence for attempting to seize a building.