Yakutsk deputy mayor detained for accepting $1.8m’s worth of property as a bribe
The investigation believes that the official acted in the interests of the developer having accepted the bribe.
Vasily Gogolev, deputy mayor of Yakutsk for the development of territories, is prosecuted for accepting a bribe, said the press service of the Investigative Committee of Yakutia.
A criminal case has been initiated against the official under part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (accepting a major bribe by an official). According to the investigation, Gogolev took the bribe from the developer of an apartment building in Yakutsk, namely a 1,491-meter apartment valued at 114 million rubles ($1.8m).
The bribe was paid for issuing a permit to increase the number of floors from 13 to 16 during the construction of the building, the ICR said.
The transaction was executed through intermediaries. On June 7, the official and two more suspects were detained.
Note that before joining the Mayor's Office, Vasily Gogolev had held the position of financial director at Goldline LLC. In 2013, he founded Utum-Invest, a construction company.
In 2018, the official became a founder of a fund that deals with shooting and entrapment of wild animals in a hunting sector he supervises. With that, the official did not report about it to his senior executives.