Ex-head of Investigative Committee for Nizhny Novgorod found guilty of exceeding official powers and pardoned
The court sentenced the security official to two years of probation.
The court in Nizhny Novgorod has found ex-head of the regional administration of the Investigative Committee Vladimir Stravinskas guilty of exceeding official powers and sentenced him to two years of probation. However, according to publication Kriminalnaya Khronika, the convict was released in the courtroom due to the fact he was pardoned.
According to the publication, Stravinskas’ case was re-qualified from part 3 of Art. 286 of the Criminal Code (exceeding official powers with the infliction of grave consequences) to part 1 of the same article.
According to the investigation, in 2001, the Investigative Committee for Nizhny Novgorod, headed by Stavinskas at that time, signed a contract for the reconstruction of the agency’s building for the amount of 148.3 million rubles (~2.328 million USD). The head of the regional department knew that the contractor who won the auction was included in the list of bad-faith suppliers but still transferred 64.8 million rubles (~1.017 million USD) to the company's account. Of this amount, 34.9 million rubles (~580.000 USD) were used inefficiently.
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