Rosgranstroy former deputy head convicted for $25.300-bribe

Rosgranstroy former deputy head convicted for $25.300-bribe
Mizamir Murtazaliev and Alexander Belous Photo: TV-21

The Moscow official took the money promising not to fire his Murmansk subordinate.

Murmansk court reached a verdict of Mizamir Murtazaliev, the former deputy head of the Federal State Institution Rosgranstroy. According to Kommersant, he was found guilty of taking a bribe of 1.5 million rubles ($25.300) from a subordinate for keeping him in office. Otherwise, the boss threatened to fire the employee, Sergei Shilin, who headed the Murmansk branch of Rosgranstroy. The extortion under various pretexts lasted for months, the sum being 4 million rubles initially. Eventually, Shilin realized that he could not possibly resolve the issue by himself and turned to the FSB. From that point on, all further negotiations and money transfer were closely monitored. When the bribe amount was finally agreed upon, the Rosgranstroy deputy head sent his friend Alexander Belous from Moscow to Murmansk. After the bribe transfer, the mediator was detained at the airport. A sting operation was carried out then and Mizamir Murtazaliev was nabbed as well.

The criminal case was opened on December 26, 2015. Murtazaliev was charged under part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code (Bribe-Taking through an intermediary), while Belous was charged under part 4 of Art. 291.1 of the Criminal Code (Mediation in Bribery). The case was passed over to the Murmansk region. Neither of the accused have confessed.

Mizamir Murtazaliev was sentenced to eight years in a strict regime colony, and the intermediary Alexander Belous got 7 years. Both were fined: 6 million rubles ($101.200) and 3 million rubles ($50.600), respectively.



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