MOSCOW, September 12 (RAPSI, Lyudmila Klenko) – A court in Stavropol, a city in southwestern Russia, has found former Education Minister of the region, Vasily Lyamin, guilty of taking a bribe and sentenced him to 7.5 years in prison, the local Investigative Committee’s investigations directorate announced on its website on Monday.

Additionally, Lyamin has been fined 10 million rubles ($156,000), the statement reads.

According to investigation, Lyamin demanded 1 million rubles ($15,600) from a head of the Kislovodsk State Polytechnic for security of tenure. Moreover, investigators claim that he promised the college head for illegal monetary reward not to hold him accountable if violations are found.

He was arrested by the Federal Security Service’s (FSB) officers immediately after receiving the bribe.