Pskov vice governor taken in custody for bribe

Pskov vice governor taken in custody for bribe
Alexander Kuznetsov Photo: Kommersant

Alexander Kuznetsov, according to investigators, squeezed a 1.5-million-ruble ($22.3-thousand) discount out of a construction company.

The Vice-Governor of the Pskov region, Alexander Kuznetsov, will go to the detention center for two months by decision of the Primorsky District Court of St. Petersburg, the joint press service of the city courts informs.

The official is accused of corruption, namely Bribe-Taking on an especially large scale (part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code).

According to investigators, Kuznetsov, when his wife was buying a house from VestStroy in 2011, managed to get a discount of 1.5 million rubles ($22.3 thousand). Thus, with the cost of the house of 6.5 million rubles ($97 thousand), Kuznetsov’s wife paid only 5 million rubles ($74.6 thousand).

In exchange, the official agreed with the company's Executive Director, Yevgeny Ochnev, that he would do him a favor. Ochnev accepted the offer of Kuznetsov. In 2013, VestStroy received a state contract for the construction of the medical building of Strugo-Krasnenskaya district hospital. The contract value exceeded 40.5 million rubles ($604.7 thousand).

On December 14 of this year, Kuznetsov was detained, the next day he was charged. A search of the house turned up an ID card that gives Kuznetsov the right to reside in Estonia.

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