Corrupt civil servants unmasked in Central Russian town
The investigators established that the Tver City councillors colluded with local businessmen in a corruption scheme. The businessmen bribed the deputies to pass decisions in their favour.
In one example, this involved increased tariffs on public utilities. It's estimated that the total amount of the kickbacks was worth as much as $US180,000.
Accused public officials and businessm en
“That means they cannot get more than two thirds of the maximum sentence. So if the maximum penalty is 8 years in jail the judge cannot give more than 6 years. One of the former deputies was found not guilty due to lack of evidence and was freed,” lawyer Igor Bordovsky explained.
The former Tver Council member Konstantin Turygin was very glad to escape the conviction.
“I am happy! I'm confident I'm innocent,” he said.
Judges will now have to decide on the sentences for the rest. The three businessmen face either a fine, or up to 3 years in jail.
As for the city residents, they will continue to get the higher utility bills.