Pskov Region deputy governor suspected of bribery receives residence permit in Estonia

Pskov Region deputy governor suspected of bribery receives residence permit in Estonia
Aleksandr Kuznetsov

After the searches at the official’s workplace, a criminal case was initiated against him.

Deputy governor of the Pskov Region Alexander Kuznetsov, who was detained on suspicion of receiving a large bribe (part 6 of Article 290 CCRF), was planning to live in Estonia. The security officials found the relevant documents when searching the official’s office. A criminal case has been initiated against Kuznetsov, the press service of the ICR reports.

“During the search in Kuznetsov’s office, items and documents relevant to the investigation were seized. Among them, there was an ID card in his name, issued by the Estonian authorities, which is an identity card confirming the right of residence in the Republic of Estonia,” the agency said.

The detention took place on December 14. According to the investigators, in 2013, Kuznetsov bought from a construction company a dwelling house in Pskov at a price that was undervalued by at least 1.5 million rubles ($ 22,500). The investigation considered the transaction a bribe, for which the official allegedly helped the developer get a state contract for the construction of a medical facility in the region.

For the investigations puporses, Kuznetsov was taken to St. Petersburg, Kommersant reports, citing his own sources.

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