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Russian local official released on parole after conviction for bribery

January 10, 2014, 13:04 UTC+3 TVER
Former director of Moshenka culture center Ilya Farber, who was convicted for taking a bribe, was released on parole from a detention center in the Volga River city of Tver
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TVER, January 10. /ITAR-TASS/. Former director of Moshenka culture center Ilya Farber, who was convicted for taking a bribe, was released on parole from a detention center in the Volga River city of Tver, central Russia, where he had served a sentence for more than two years, Itar-Tass reported.

His son, mother and media people have welcomed him at the exit from the detention centre.

“I am feeling perfectly well, I would like to walk on the ground,” Farber told Itar-Tass. “Today one more person was released from jail and he will care about the convicts,” he added.

Farber said earlier that after the release he wants to engage in human rights activity, helping “the convicts and those who guard them.”

Meanwhile, he noted that he will appeal against a 3-million-rouble fine ($90.5 thousand) to him.

Farber’s request for parole was satisfied at the Moscow district court in Tver on December 31.

Painter Ilya Farber left Moscow, Russia’s capital, for Tver Region, where he was employed as the director of the local culture centre. The detectives have found that in July-August 2011 he had taken 300,000 roubles ($9 thousand) from the director of a commercial organisation that permitted a subcontractor to continue the repair at the culture centre and an additional 132,000 roubles ($3.9 thousand) for the repair acceptance act a month later. In fact, the repair was not done completely. The detectives have found that signing the acceptance act Farber inflicted 941,000 roubles ($28,3 thousand) of damages to the budget.

 

On August 10, 2012, Tver regional court sentenced Farber to eight years in a high-security prison with a 3.2-million-rouble fine ($96.5 thousand) for bribery and office abuse. Later the Supreme Court cancelled the verdict and the criminal case was passed for a retrial in Ostashkov city court.

On August 1, 2013, the court sentenced him to seven years and one month in a high-security prison and a 3.1-million-rouble fine ($93.5 thousand).

On December 11, Tver regional court commuted the sentence to Farber to three years in prison with a 3-million-rouble fine. Meanwhile, the convict was cleared of the office abuse charge, court proceedings on this charge were terminated, as the public prosecutor had dropped the charge due to the absence of corpus delicti.

As the criminal case on the office abuse charge was terminated Farber was granted the right for rehabilitation.

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