Briton sentenced to 3 years in penal colony in Samara for hashish storage

Richard Filipp Bochius was charged with buying and storing hashish

The Samara Oktyabrsky District Court on Jan. 11 handed down a sentence to British citizen Richard Filipp Bochius, who was charged with buying and storing hashish, the press service for the Samara regional prosecutors told Interfax.

"The court has sentenced Richard Bochius to three years in a penal colony," the source said.

According to earlier reports, Bochius, deputy head of the international cooperation department of Samara State Technical University, was detained while buying 3.8 grams of hashish on August 19, 2015.

On August 20, the Samara Oktyabrsky District Court found him guilty of "illegal turnover of narcotics, psychotropic and potent substances by a foreign citizen or a stateless person." He was given a fine in the amount of 4,000 rubles and was sentenced to administrative expulsion from Russia in the form of a controlled independent departure.

On August 21, Bochius resigned from Samara State Technical University. Dmitry Bykov, rector of the university, told Interfax Bochius had been a good employee and was expected to leave the country by September 2015.

However, the police found over thirty grams of hashish in his apartment on August 24. A criminal case was opened against the foreigner on the basis of the article dealing with "illegal acquisition and storage without the purpose of selling narcotics in large amounts."

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