Prison term reduced for Blagoveshchensk ex-Mayor Aleksandr Migulya
Judicial board freed Migulya from punishment on one count in view of expiry of the period of limitation.
The Amur Regional Court has abridged the sentence to the former mayor of the city of Blagoveshchensk Aleksandr Migulya. He was released from the punishment under item (b), part 2 of Art. 285.1 of the Criminal Code (Spending Budgetary Funds for the Wrong Purposes) in view of expiry of the period of limitation. This way Migulya’s prison term has been reduced by 2 years and he now faces 7 years. The court verdict has entered into legal force.
Let us recall that in August 2016 the Blagoveshchensk City Court sentenced Migulya to 9 years in prison. He was found guilty of committing crimes under Art. 286 of the Criminal Code (Exceeding Official Powers), Art. 285.1 (Spending Budgetary Funds for the Wrong Purposes), and Art. 285 (Abuse of Official Powers) of the Criminal Code.
The case against the former Blagoveshchensk Head had been filed back in April 2011. Several months later, the official was put on the international wanted list. He was not detained until May 2015 when Migulya was transferred from the Lipetsk region to the Amur region and jailed. In the summer of 2016, he suddenly asked the court to alter the verdict since he was going to run for the State Duma. Being detained inhibited his political ambitions, the ex-mayor said. The court denied the motion as the judge had concerns that Migulya might escape again.
The mayor had provided land plots to commercial companies on ‘friendly’ terms. The total budget loss of the Amur Region and Blagoveshchensk has been over 40 million rubles ($686.000).
Migulya’s lawyers claim that their client has been prosecuted illegally and unjustifiably and the real reason behind it was the conflict between Migulya and Governor Oleg Kozhemyako, who removed him from the Mayor’s Office.
Saburova believes that the Russian authorities violated articles 2 and 5 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, guaranteeing the right to life, as well as the right to freedom and personal inviolability.