Prosecutor asks for eight years in prison in respect of former head of Tomsk Emergencies Ministry

Prosecutor asks for eight years in prison in respect of former head of Tomsk Emergencies Ministry
Mikhail Begun Photo: RIA Tomsk

The FSB officers detained the former official while receiving a large bribe.

The Tomsk Region prosecutor asked the court to sentence the former head of the regional Emergencies Ministry, Mikhail Begun, to eight years in a strict regime colony and a fine of 1,5 million rubles ($ 23,800), and also to strip him of the rank of Major General of Internal Service, RIA Tomsk reports. The FSB officers detained Begun receiving a bribe in the amount of 300,000 rubles ($ 5,000).

“I regret and apologize to the personnel for becoming a participant in a staged performance,” the defendant said, pleading innocent.

According to Begun, he was blackmailed, and the investigation put pressure on the court. The court will deliver the verdict on July 4. 

According to the investigators, Begun received a bribe from a representative of the Siberian Center for Research, Consultations and Examinations for assistance in obtaining a license for installation, maintenance and repair of fire safety equipment. In addition, the investigation accuses Begun of exceeding official powers. The former head of the regional Ministry of Emergency Situations allegedly ordered his subordinates to find the money for lawyers for Kemerovo rescuers who came under investigation after a fire in the Zimnyaya Vishnya shopping center.

The fire, which occurred on March 25, 2018, killed 60 people. As part of the investigation into the causes of the incident, investigators charged 15 suspects, including the former head of the Kemerovo Emergencies Ministry, Alexander Mamontov, and his subordinate Grigory Terentyev.

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