Defense Ministry official sentenced to nearly 8 years in prison for bribery – report
MOSCOW, January 14 (RAPSI) – The Presnensky District Court of Moscow sentenced former deputy head of the property relations department of Russian Defense Ministry to 7 years and 9 months in penal colony, Kommersant newspaper wrote on Thursday.
Former official, Alexander Gorshkolepov will also have to pay the fine of 310 million rubles ($ 4 mln).
According to Kommersant, the Russian authorities initially found around half a million rubles at Gorshkolepov’s place but later it was found that amount of money bribed by ex-official is much higher.
Gorshkolepov partially admitted his guilt and accepted a plea deal with investigators and prosecutors. The case was considered under a special procedure which ensures a trial without reviewing the evidence or having witness testimonies, and secured the defendant no more than 2/3 from the maximum possible liability according to the charges, according to Russian law.