Former Tula region governor sentenced to nine years six months for bribery

Tula's Sovetsky district court has found former Tula region Governor Vyacheslav Dudka guilty of bribery and sentenced him to nine years and six months, the Interfax correspondent reported from the court hall.

Tula's Sovetsky district court has found former Tula region Governor Vyacheslav Dudka guilty of bribery and sentenced him to nine years and six months, the Interfax correspondent reported.

Dudka said that the sentence was "an outrage" and that he would not accept it and would appeal it in a regional court. Lawyer Vladimir Zherebenkov said that the verdict was politically motivated.

The former official was detained in the courtroom.

The criminal case also applies to the former director of the property and land relations department of the Tula region, Viktor Volkov.

The prosecution has previously requested to sentence Dudka to nine years and six years in a maximum security penal colony, a fine of 900,000 rubles ($27,700) and to strip him of all state awards and honorary titles as well.

The prosecutor demanded Volkov be sentenced to four years in a maximum security penal colony and fined of 400,000 rubles ($12,300).

The prosecution proposed to ban the suspect from taking state positions for three years.

Investigators believe that in November 2010, Volkov conspired with Dudka, who was the Tula region governor at the time, and received a 40-million-ruble ($1,23 million) bribe from the Corporation GRINN company managing director through an intermediary. Investigators think that the money was received for renting Corporation GRINN a piece of land of 25,574 square meters in Tula for mall construction.

The criminal case on Dudka, who left his position of his own volition in late July 2011, was opened in September 5, 2011. Dudka was accused of "receiving an especially large-scale bribe committed by a group."

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