Prokopyevsk ex-mayor convicted of budget fraud, then pardoned
The court found Valery Garanin guilty of power abuse. The former official bought an apartment from a woman he knew using budgetary funds.
Prokopyevsk Central District Court convicted former head of the city Valery Garanin. The senior official was found guilty of power abuse (part 2 of Art. 285 of the Criminal Code).
As both the investigation and the court established, the official was acting in the interests of his friend and gave an order to purchase her apartment with funds from the budget in 2010. 2 million 400 thousand rubles from the budget was credited to her bank account, while the market value of the apartment was just 1 million 395 thousand rubles. Garanin’s illegal actions inflicted damage to the city budget amounting to over 1 million rubles ($17,000).
Garanin pleads not guilty, although the handwriting expertise confirmed that the official did sign the orders to transfer the budgetary funds. The former mayor offered to compensate for the damage at the trial.
The court sentenced the former mayor to a 2 years' probation and banned him from holding managerial positions for two years. However, the ex-official was pardoned in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War and was released in the courtroom. Now Garanin may retake his high post in the Kemerovo region.
Valery Garanin was born on December 28, 1956 in the city of Omsk. In 1979 he graduated from the Kuzbass Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Electrification and Automation of Mining Operations as a Mining Engineer. He was first elected mayor in 1999. Prior to that, he had worked as a director of Zenkovskaya and Severny Maganak coalmines. He was considered to be one of the richest mayors of Kuzbass (another name for Kemerovo Region). His official income in 2015 amounted to 1.8 million rubles ($30,590). The mayor lives in a house of 258 square meters belonging to his wife. The woman declared 245 thousand rubles of income; she also owns an apartment, a garage and four land plots.
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