MOSCOW, October 31 (RAPSI) – A 5-year prison sentence passed on the former chief of the Federal Antimonopoly Service’s Dagestan Directorate Kubasay Kubasayev for receiving over 2 million rubles in bribes (over $30,000) was upheld on Thursday, RAPSI reported from the Moscow City Court.

The court also held that a fine was reasonably imposed on the defendant. However, the appeals instance reduced a ban on holding public posts from 5 to 3 years.

In July, Kubasayev received 5 years in prison for taking over 2 million rubles in bribes (over $30,000). Additionally, Moscow’s Lefortovsky District Court fined him 10.3 million rubles (nearly $170,000) and prohibited from taking public posts for 5 years.

The court found that the former official received money, Swiss watches and a sporting gun for a total of more than 2 million rubles from Shamil Kadiyev, the director of the republic’s state public institution Office of the Single State Customer - Developer. In return, he promised not to obstruct the holding of auctions for the right of concluding government contracts by the organization.

Kubasayev denied guilt.