MOSCOW, November 26 (RAPSI) – A court in Russia’s city of Arkhangelsk has sentenced deputy chief of the regional anti-corruption directorate of the Interior Ministry Nikolay Grinkov to 10 years in high-security prison for receiving a 3 million-ruble bribe (about $50,000), the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office reports.

He has been also deprived of his police colonel rank and banned from holding authority posts for 3 years. Moreover, the court has confiscated Grinkov’s seized assets worth 799,750 rubles and $58.

Two other defendants, former police officers Pavel Roldugin and Alexander Voronukhin has received 8 years and 1 month and 5 years and 1 month behind bars respectively.

Depending on their roles, they have been found guilty of receiving a bribe, mediation in bribery, fraud and mediation in fraud, the statement reads.

According to the court findings, from February to mid-April 2018, Grinkov through Roldugin and Voronukhin received 3 million rubles from a representative of two commercial timber cutting / procurement organizations for provision of detailed information on the tax check conducted against the companies. Moreover, in February 2018, Voronukhin received from the same bribegiver 50,000 rubles in exchange for information on the start of this check and employees involved in it. The information was expected to be given to police, but Roldugin and Voronukhin misappropriated the money.