Prosecutor demands to mitigate former Omsk Deputy Governor Gamburg’s sentence
The court’s judgment delivered is too severe: 5.5 years in prison longer than the prosecution requested.
The Omsk Prosecutor’s Office requests to revise the sentence to the former first Deputy Governor of the region Yuri Gamburg. State prosecutors filed an appeal in the Omsk Regional Court against the verdict of the Central District Court. They said a fair judgment was 4 years of imprisonment. That is how much the state prosecution asked for Gamburg in the court. The former official was found guilty of committing crimes under Part 1 and item с, part 3 of Art. 286 of the Criminal Code (Abuse of Official Powers). Gamburg also has to pay 7 450 000 rubles as a fine to the city for the damage caused. The final hearing took place in Omsk, June 9, 2016. In total, the proceedings lasted for almost two years.
Yuri Gamburg as the Director of the Department of Property Relations of Omsk City Hall, together with Vadim Merenkov (then the Deputy Director of the same Department), changed the type of permitted use of land in the city, and then sold land plots for understated price. Total losses exceeded 200 million rubles. The Prosecutor's Office referred to the court for recovering the damages that the former official has caused to the budget having pulled off this illegal alienation of land. If the court satisfies the claim, Gamburg will have to reimburse the city and regional budgets 200 million rubles.
It is noteworthy that during the investigatory actions on the case, one of the Siberian criminal bosses Oleg Spiridonov (Spiridon), who is under custody and cooperating with the law enforcement authorities, testified against the Omsk official.
Yuri Gamburg was arrested in the summer of 2014. During the investigation, he did not admit his guilt and claimed that he had acted in accordance with the law. Vadim Merenkov still is on the international wanted list. He was in absentia charged with item c, part 3 of Art. 286 of the Criminal Code (Abuse of Official Powers).
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