Prosecution requests 10 years in penal colony for former Chelyabinsk vice-governor
In addition, the prosecutor's office asked to impose a fine against the ex-official in the amount of 14 million rubles ($205000).
At a court hearing in the case of former vice-governor of the Chelyabinsk Region Nikolay Sandakov, who is charged with fraud and bribery, the prosecutor asked for 10 years of a strict-regime colony and a fine of 14 million rubles. This is reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the press secretary of Sovetskiy District Court of Chelyabinsk, Tatyana Pechenkin.
According to her, the prosecution asks to find Sandakov guilty under three articles of the Russian Criminal Code – fraud, unauthorized access to computer information and bribe-taking. She specified that the next court session will be held on August 16.
According to the investigation, Sandakov, while holding the post of vice-governor, used his official position to appropriate 1.5 million rubles ($22000) from the budget.
At the beginning of the investigation, the ex-official was in a pre-trial detention facility but was later released on bail of 10 million rubles ($147000). A little after, the court on the petition of the investigation still tightened the measure of restraint and placed Sandakov under house arrest. The investigation charged him with a new criminal case – a bribe of 1.9 million rubles ($28000).
According to one version, the starting point for Sandakov was the case of Senator Konstantin Tsybko, whom formerly city manager of Ozersk Yevgeny Tarasov, already convicted, accused of extorting bribes. According to some information, Tarasov also testified against Nikolay Sandakov, accusing him of bribery.
However, the investigators were interested in broader information, including, in particular, the elections in Ozersk in 2010, which were overseen by Sandakov, and the spending of funds related to the campaigns. According to the relevant data, the FSB and the ICR were interested in all sources of income of Nikolay Sandakov, even before his civil service in the Chelyabinsk Region.
As the CrimeRussia wrote earlier, vice-governor Nikolay Sandakov was detained on the way to the airport, where he was going to fly to Moscow.