Saratov region: Deputy sued for bribing investigator, €1000 and poetry book
The Petrovsk Deputy of the City Council is charged with bribing an investigator in return for dropping all the charges against her husband.
The criminal case against the Petrovsk Deputy of the City Council Larisa Gorbunova has been filed for consideration on the merits. She is accused of Bribe-Giving (part 2 of Art. 291 of the Criminal Code), said the Investigative Committee in the Saratov region.
According to the investigation, Gorbunova handed 1000 euros to the investigator to terminate criminal proceedings against her husband Sergey Goryachev, who previously served as the head of the Petrovsky district. Investigators charged him with three episodes of Official Forgery (part 1 of Art. 292 of the Criminal Code) for misappropriation of funds from the district budget.
Larisa Gorbunova was detained red-handed in a cafe by officers of the regional Federal Security Service. The security officers came in the middle of a feast, where the people apparently were celebrating the deal. The officers seized the package that had already been passed to the investigator, where they found a new purse with one thousand euros and a collection of poems by Valery Logashev called "Heart to Heart". Later, Gorbunova said to the investigators that she had chosen to pay the bribe for "the full, comprehensive and objective investigation of the criminal case" against her husband.
Currently the Deputy is under house arrest. Besides, her property worth over 4 million rubles has been seized.
Video: Petrovsk. The detention of red-handed briber
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