Transbaikalian Rosreestr ex-Head jailed for accelerated registration of real estate through bribes
At the 'chargeable services' of department Nikolay Zateev ‘earned’ about 400 thousand rubles ($6.900).
The court of the Transbaikalian region condemned former Head of the Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastral Records and Cartography (Rosreestr) regional department Nikolay Zateev for Bribe-Taking (parts 1 and 5 of Article 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
The investigation and court found that Zateev together with his accomplice Ivan Vasin demanded bribes from businessmen of the region from September to December 2015. In particular, Vasin offered the interested parties the acceleration of the registration procedure for real estate transactions for a reward. The investigation managed to establish two facts of taking bribes: from the regional branch of one of the commercial banks, as well as the enterprise for the production of building bricks. The total amount of bribes was 400 thousand rubles ($6.900).
In addition, the investigators believe that Zateev personally and through Vasin demanded bribes from 5 entrepreneurs for a total of 740 thousand rubles ($12.800). However, businessmen refused to pay the civil servant.
By decision of the court, Nikolay Zateev was sentenced to 8.5 years in a strict-regime penal colony and a fine of 7 million rubles ($121.800). His accomplice Vasin was tried under part 1 of Art. 290 (Mediation in Bribery) and part 5 of Art. 291.1 (Promise and Offer of Intermediary in Bribery); he got off a fine of 500 thousand rubles ($8.700).
On September 21, kingpin Vladimir Vagin, aka Vagon, hanged himself. Two years earlier another thief in law Max Pioner also committed suicide. Vagon's lawyer does not believe in the version of suicide and intends to apply for a forensic medical examination.