Sakhalin ex-governor charged with 20 more bribery counts
According to the investigation, the official accepted illegal rewards ranging from 2 million to 10 million rubles from two dozens of people.
The Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) charged the former governor of the Sakhalin region, Alexander Khoroshavin, with more counts. The former official and a few of his associates are charged with 20 counts of bribery, the press service of the ICR reported.
The investigation believes that the criminal group Khoroshavin created also included governor's head receptionist Vyacheslav Gorbachev, the deputy chief of the administration and the former Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk mayor Anatoly Makarov, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk vice-mayor Alexey Leskin and the general director of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Air Terminal Andrey Lobkin.
All of them received bribes in the amounts ranging from 2 to 10 million rubles, depending on the role of each, from 18 individuals.
Besides, it is established that Khoroshavin abused his official position to create conditions for receiving bribes (3 million and 10 million rubles) from two more persons who wanted to run for deputies of the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk City Council.
According to the investigation, the money was taken "for rendering assistance to the bribe-givers in the preparation and conduct of election campaigns [...], restraint from the unlawful impediment to the exercise of the legitimate right to be elected, and to their economic activities in the Sakhalin Region."
130 volumes of the new case file have already been handed over to Khoroshavin, Leskin and Gorbachev for reading, while the files of Lobkin and Makarov, who absconded justice, have been severed from other charges.
The former head of Sakhalin was detained on suspicion of bribe-taking in 2015. He was found guilty and sentenced to 13 years in prison in February 2018.
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