Prison sentence of former deputy head of Novgorod Region increased
Earlier, the ex-official was convicted of embezzling money allocated for road repairs.
Novgorod’s District Court sentenced the former first deputy local governor Arnold Shalmuev to 10 years of a strict regime penal colony for giving a bribe to the former senator from the region, Dmitry Krivitsky, REGNUM news agency reports. Earlier, Shalmuev was convicted of embezzling budget funds allocated for the construction and repair of roads in the region.
According to investigators, from May to August 2012, Shalmuev, through the senator’s driver, Vadim Smirnov, handed 17 million rubles ($ 270,000) to Krivitsky out of the agreed 50 million rubles ($ 800,000) for patronage and assistance in obtaining the post of first deputy head of the regional administration. The state prosecution asked to sentence Shalmuev to 12 years in prison.
In court, Shalmuev asked to commute the sentence, as he was tried twice for the same crime. “I am tried for the same money as for two events. That is, according to the first, I created an organized criminal group with the purpose of embezzling budget funds, the second event is that I gave a bribe to the senator with the same money,” Novgorod.ru quotes Shalmuev as saying.
In 2016, Shalmuev received eight years and 10 months in prison for embezzling the “road money.” In February 2018, driver Vadim Smirnov was sentenced to imprisonment a general regime penal colony for three years. Former Senator Krivitsky was detained in Italy that same year, but has not yet been extradited to Russia. The court is considering a criminal case against an assistant senator accused of mediating the transfer of the bribe from Shalmuev.