Former Russian geological official pleads guilty to fraud
MOSCOW, December 2 (RAPSI) - The former first deputy chief of the Russian State Geological Company (Rosgeo) Ruslan Gorring charged with large-scale fraud has pleaded guilty and his case therefore will be considered under a special procedure, RAPSI reports from the 235 Garrison Military Court.
The special procedure envisages case hearing without examining evidence if a defendant has signed a plea deal.
However, the court dismissed Gorring’s motion to consider his case behind closed doors.
According to investigators, from June 2009 to September 2010, Ruslan Ganizhev (Gorring), being an authorized representative of lawmaker Alexander Gazeykin, received over 19 million rubles ($300,000) from a businessman for the unhindered carrying out commercial activity in the Moscow Region’s Leninsky District. The money was transferred to the accounts of sham companies. Later, the defendant during personal meetings demanded over 5 million rubles more from the entrepreneur.
On February 15, 2011, he was arrested when receiving the bribe. During interrogation, he made a confession.
However, later the accused fled from investigators and changed his surname. Gorring was arrested again on March 7, 2019, at Vnukovo airport near Moscow.