Vice-Speaker of Penza City Duma arrested for $430,600-bribe
Georgy Tyurin had been previously charged with an attempt to receive a bribe on an especially large scale by an official.
As reported by the regional ICR Investigations Directorate’s press service, the Penza City Court has taken Deputy Mayor of the City Duma Georgy Tyurin, accused of attempting to take a bribe in the amount of 25 million rubles (430 thousand dollars), into custody.
The investigation had requested a measure of restraint in the form of arrest. The court has granted the appeal.
Investigators of the ICR Investigations Directorate for the Penza region had previously charged Tyurin with part 3 of Art. 30, part 6 of Art. 290 of the Russian Criminal Code (Attempt to take a bribe on an especially large scale by an official).
According to the investigation, the deputy head of City Duma had offered to assist a local entrepreneur-developer in obtaining permission to deviate from the limit parameters of the permitted construction and reconstruction of a building on the land belonging to the latter. For his assistance, Tyurin demanded 25 million rubles, and in November 2016, he received 1 million rubles (17 thousand dollars) as the first part of the bribe.
In addition, according to Senior Media Relations Assistant to head of ICR Investigations Directorate for the Penza region Lyudmila Fomina, premises with an area of 1,420 square meters located in the same building and worth 24 million rubles were transferred to the ownership of the suspect. The agreement of sale and purchase of the premises was registered in the name of Tyurin’s son, who intended to use this site to run his own business.
During the investigation, searches were conducted in the city administration and the vice-speaker's house, and documents were seized.
Earlier, the ICR Investigations Directorate’s 1st Department for Investigation of Particularly Important Cases had initiated a criminal case against Tyurin for receiving a bribe on an especially large scale. Due to this, the United Russia suspended Tyurin's membership in the party. As reported by the CrimeRussia, Georgy Tyurin had filed incorrect information about his incomes, for which he could have been deprived of his deputy's mandate.
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