Two officials of Tatarstan's Ministry of Ecology caught red-handed on bribery

Two officials of Tatarstan's Ministry of Ecology caught red-handed on bribery

The ICR Investigations Directorate for the Republic of Tatarstan is investigating into the criminal case against two employees of the Kama Territorial Administration of the Regional Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, accused of taking bribes.

According to investigation, 40-year-old Gulnur Sabirova and 47-year-old Tatyana Yarushkina demanded a bribe of 100 thousand rubles from representatives of a commercial company suspected of illegal felling of spruce trees in the Yelabuga district of Tatarstan. In exchange for this money, the officials promised the businessmen not to proceed with the case, as a result of which the company faced a fine of 2 million rubles.

Yarushkina and Sabirova were detained red-handed in their office immediately after receiving a bribe on January 14.

A criminal case under part 3 of Art. 290 of the Russian Criminal Code (Taking a bribe by a functionary for unlawful actions) has been initiated. The penalty under this article can be up to 8 years in prison.

However, as reported by ICR, the detainees are confessing on this and other episodes of illegal activities. Therefore, the court has selected a preventive punishment in the form of house arrest for them.

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