Monday, October 26, 2020

Russian ex-governor Khoroshavin to stand trial on bribery charges

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The Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk City Court will consider a new bribery case against ex-governor of the Sakhalin Region Alexander Khoroshavin, who had been earlier convicted of corruption, according to the website of the Prosecutor General’s Office.

He stands charged with receiving bribes amounting to more than 100 million rubles.

Investigators believe that from May to November 2014 Khoroshavin took from 2 to 10 million rubles. Investigators revealed 20 bribery counts. Several other ex-officials also became defendants in the case along with Khoroshavin.

Ex-deputy mayor of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Alexey Leskin will stand trial along with Khoroshavin.

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In March, the court gave a suspended term of 7 years and 10 months to the former head of the Sakhalin Region governor’s secretariat Vyacheslav Gorbachecv as part of the case. Two more alleged accomplices are on the international wanted list.

In February 2018, the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk City Court sentenced Khoroshavin, to 13 years in a high-security penal colony and fined him 500 million rubles (about $8.6 million).

The court found that in 2009 Khoroshavin established an organized criminal group with Karepkin and Ikramov. In 2009-2015, the criminals received over 522 million rubles (nearly $9 million) from regional entrepreneurs.

President Vladimir Putin dismissed Khoroshavin from his post due to “loss of trust” in March 2015.

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