The court in Chelyabinsk has sentenced the former Governor to 5.5 years in prison

© RIA Novosti / Igor Taraborrelli in fotobanka trial. Archival photoThe court in Chelyabinsk has sentenced the former Governor to 5.5 years in prison© RIA Novosti / Igor Taraborrelli the image Bank

The court on Friday sentenced the former Deputy Governor of the Chelyabinsk region Nikolai Sandakov, accused of fraud and bribery, to five years and six months in a strict regime colony and a fine of 7 million rubles, the correspondent of RIA Novosti news from the courtroom.

At the hearing in August, the state Prosecutor asked the court to declare Sandakov guilty under three articles of the Criminal code of Russian Federation — «Fraud», «Illegal access to computer information» and «receiving a bribe» — and to appoint punishment in the form of imprisonment for a term of 10 years in prison and a fine of 14 million rubles.

Sandakov acted in court with last word, but later, the court resumed the proceedings. At the meeting on 26 September the court heard the views of the parties regarding the seized physical evidence, and then retired to the deliberation room, the sentencing is scheduled for October 5th.

«On set to appoint Sandakova a sentence of five years six months of strict regime and a fine of 7 million rubles», — said the judge.

The court considered mitigating circumstances, guilty plea by Sandakova, the apology, the four children and the absence of previous cases of criminal prosecution.

The judge decided to take the defendant into custody in the courtroom.

According to investigators, Sandakov, using his official position for the post of first assistant of the Governor of Chelyabinsk, awarded 1.5 million rubles. The case was investigated under article «Fraud», «Incitement» and «Illegal access to legally protected computer information.»

According to the Central district court of Chelyabinsk, Sandakov was under arrest, but on 24 March 2016 was released from custody on bail of 10 million rubles. After a week Sandakov was again detained. Later, the court sent ex-official under house arrest. A consequence was indicted on new criminal case — in bribe reception in 1,3 million roubles, later increased to $ 1.9 million.