Judge who helped Tsapok gang members to serve 7 years behind bars

Judge who helped Tsapok gang members to serve 7 years behind bars
Svetlana Martynova

Moreover, Svetlana Martynova will have to pay a 500 thousand rubles ($7.4 thousand) fine.

Rostov regional court has delivered its verdict towards Svetlana Martynova and found her guilty of swindling related to land property owned by Nadezhda Tsapok, a mother of Sergey Tsapok, a leader of Kushchevskaya organized crime group, reports TASS.

The former judge has been sentenced to 7 years of imprisonment in a general-regime facility and a 500 thousand rubles ($7.4 thousand) fine.

The prosecution managed to prove that from 2011 to 2012, Martynova received from 2 entrepreneurs more than 40 million rubles ($597 thousand) for assistance in acquisition of right for land properties of agricultural designation in Krasnodar region’s Kushchevskoy district.

The land properties were owned by Nadezhda Tsapok, a mother of Sergey Tsapok, a leader of Tsapok gang condemned for multiple murders.

With that, the judge failed to deliver on the promise and titled the lands in the names of her relatives and acquaintance. During the debates, the prosecution sought for 8 years of imprisonment for Martynova.

The former judge pleaded not guilty. Her lawyer stated they would move for a new trial.

Martynova repeatedly ignored the fact that the investigation had summoned her and failed to appear for questioning. She was accused in absentia and put on a federal wanted list. The accused was detained in Moscow and taken to Rostov-on-Don; she was arrested in July, 2017.

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