Monday, July 22, 2013

Russian Ex-Governor Found Guilty of Taking $1.2 Mln Bribe

A court in central Russia's Tula Region found its former governor guilty Monday of taking a 40 million ruble ($1.2 million) bribe. The court also found former governor Vyacheslav Dudka's co-defendant, Viktor Volkov, guilty on the same counts. According to investigators, in November 2010, then governor Dudka and Volkov, who headed the regional property and land management department, took a 40 million ruble kickback from the GRINN corporation, in return for leasing it a plot of land in Tula for three years for the corporation to build a supermarket there. The prosecution had previously called for Dudka, who served as Tula Region governor between 2005 and 2011, to be sentenced to 9 1/2 years in prison and Volkov to four years.

Dudka sentenced to 9 1/2 years in jail

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