Prosecutors want stricter punishment for ex-Senator Tsybko

Prosecutors want stricter punishment for ex-Senator Tsybko
Konstantin Tsybko

The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).

The prosecutors asked the Chelyabinsk Region Court to review former Russian Federation Council member Konstantin Tsybko’s sentence during an appellate hearing.

The prosecutors asked the court to cancel the ruling by the Ozertsovsky District Court and suggested Konstantin Tsybko was given a 14-year custodial sentence and fined 500 million rubles, according to the Court Press Service Head Evgeniya Natsievskaya.

They cited known instances of Tsybko taking bribes as the reason for a stricter punishment. Tsybko took money on December 3 and December 27, 2011. They also suggested these instances be added to the case file and said the Ozertsovsky District Court had groundlessly claimed there was no proof Tsybko took the money. The convict took a bribe of 1.5 million rubles ($26,600) on December 3 and 5 million rubles ($88,700) on December 27, according to investigators.

The next hearing is scheduled for February 27. The defense team is going to make a statement on that day. Tsybko and his attorneys appealed the sentence immediately after its declaration.

The Ozertsovsky district Court convicted Tsybko of bribery on August 3, 2017. He was sentenced to 9 years in high-security prison and fined 70 million rubles. In 2011, Tsybko took at least an 11-million-ruble ($195,000) bribe from Head of the Ozersky District Administration Evgeny Tarasov for helping him get the position, according to the investigators. In 2012, he took a bribe of 10 million rubles ($177,400) bribe from entrepreneur Oleg Laknitsky for promoting his business interests.



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