Sverdlovsk minister's father-in-law gets off with suspended sentence for $2.5mln embezzlement

Sverdlovsk minister's father-in-law gets off with suspended sentence for $2.5mln embezzlement
Aleksandr Vysokinsky

The state insisted on three years of a real term for the accused.

The court has found former Director General of Uralsky Priborostroitelny Zavod OJSC (‘Ural Instrument Making Plant’) Vladimir Godlevsky guilty in the case of embezzlement of more than 150 million rubles ($2.5 million) and imposed three years’ suspended sentence with a probation period of four years on him. This is reported by the press service of the Sverdlovsk Region Prosecutor’s Office.

According to the court materials, managing the enterprise from August 2004 to May 2009, Godlevsky alienated property in favor of the companies controlled by him, and then disposed of it at his discretion.

The state insisted on three years of a real term for the accused. However, the court sided with the defense, limiting to a conditional deprivation of liberty due to the defendant’s elderly age – Godlevsky has turned 71.

“In addition, civil claims of the injured party have been partially satisfied; namely, 43 million rubles ($722 thousand) have been recovered from the convict as material damage,” the prosecutor’s office representative commented, adding that it is possible that the verdict will be protested.

Earlier, Godlevsky had been a defendant in a case of abuse of official powers and non-payment of taxes. According to URA.RU, Godlevsky’s daughter Natalya lives in a common-law marriage with Minister of Sverdlovsk government, ex-Vice-Mayor of Yekaterinburg Aleksandr Vysokinsky.

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