Investigators plan to press additional charges against ex-governor of Sakhalin - report
MOSCOW, March 25 (RAPSI) – The Investigative Committee of Russia plans to press additional bribery charges against former governor of Sakhalin Alexander Khoroshavin, RIA Novosti reported on Friday.
“In the near future [investigators] plan to charge Khoroshavin with 10 new episodes of criminal activity. All of them are related to large sum bribery and accompanying extortion,” official representative of the Committee Vladimir Markin said on the air of “Vesti FM”.
Markin added that at this moment Khoroshavin is accused of 2 episodes of criminal activity, allegedly taking a 300 million ruble bribe ($4.2 mln). Ex-governor’s property cost amounted to 2 billion rubles ($28.5 mln).
Investigators announced in March 2015 that Khoroshavin and several other officials were arrested for allegedly taking a $5.6 million bribe to secure a contract to build a power unit for the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk thermal plant.
Last April, Khoroshavin was charged in another criminal case with taking a bribe of at least 15 million rubles ($194,500) for providing credits on advantageous terms to one of the local businessmen. He pleaded not guilty.
In January, the third criminal case was opened against Khoroshavin. According to investigators, he took 27 million rubles ($350,000) in bribes from candidates for the positions in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk City Duma in 2014.
President Vladimir Putin dismissed Khoroshavin from his post due to “loss of trust” in March 2015.