MOSCOW, June 9 (RAPSI) - Tula's ex-governor Vyacheslav Dudka, who had been given 9.5 years in prison for taking a 40 million ruble bribe ($640,000 at the current exchange rate), was released on parole, the spokesperson of the Federal Penitentiary Service’s regional directorate Margarita Rimar told RAPSI on Saturday.

Dudka was convicted and sentenced for corruption in July 2013.

According to investigators, in November 2010, then governor Dudka and Viktor Volkov, who headed the regional property and land management department, took a 40 million ruble kickback from the GRINN Corporation in return for leasing it a land plot in Tula for three years for the company to build a supermarket there.