MOSCOW, May 13 (RAPSI) – A court in Russia’s Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk has sentenced mayor of Alexandrovsk-Sakhalinsk town district Sergey Geychenko to 10 years in prison as part of a case over drug possession and bribery, the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office reports.

Additionally, the official has been banned from taking public posts for 8 years, the statement reads.

According to the court findings, in December 2013 and from April to December 2014, the defendants acting as vice mayor of Kholmsk town district received 800,000 rubles ($11,000), a part of a discussed 10 million-ruble bribe ($136,000 at the current exchange rate), from top managers of contracting companies for assisting in the speedy conclusion and execution of municipal contracts.

Moreover, from mid-October 2016 to late February 2017, acting as mayor of Alexandrovsk-Sakhalinsk town district, Geychenko storage in the official housing drugs weighing at least 2.34 grams.