The other day, during the border control when boarding the Minsk-Istanbul flight, the former mayor of Stavropol, Igor Bestuzhiy, was detained. This was reported by the press service of the border department of Belarus. The border guards found signs of forgery in the document presented to them, detained the ex-official and handed over to the investigating authorities. As it turned out, Igor Bestuzhiy, convicted in 2014 in Russia in the case of a large bribe, after parole had no right to travel abroad. Now, according to Belarusian laws, the former mayor faces a fine, correctional labor or up to two years of restriction of freedom.
Igor Bestuzhiy was detained on January 10 at the airport in Minsk, from where he was flying to Istanbul. According to the press service of the Belarusian border guards, during the border control ex-mayor presented “a passport of a citizen of the Russian Federation with signs of partial forgery.” He also had a valid internal Russian passport with him. The problem was that Igor Bestuzhy was prohibited from traveling outside Russia due to parole (parole) from places of imprisonment.
The former mayor was released ahead of schedule in 2020, having served two-thirds of the term under the verdict of the Oktyabrsky District Court of Stavropol. The court in July 2014 found him guilty on two counts of bribery.
Igor Bestuzhy was charged with a bribe in the amount of 1.8 million rubles. for leasing 25 acres of city land on Dovatortsev Street and a bribe of 50 million rubles. for a plot of 5 hectares also within the city limits.
The prosecution demanded 13 years in a strict regime colony for the mayor, but the court limited himself to nine years in a colony and a fine of 500 million rubles. At the same time, all the property of Igor Bestuzhy was seized.
In 2018, the ex-mayor for “conscientious work” was transferred from a strict regime colony, where he worked as a librarian, to a colony-settlement on the Dydymkin farm in the Kursk region of the Stavropol Territory. There he waited for the opportunity to apply for parole in the summer of 2020.
When he was released, Igor Bestuzhiy did not declare himself in any way – unlike the ex-chairman of the regional duma, Andrei Utkin, who, having received a conviction for abuse of office, tried to return to politics.
As the press service of the Belarusian border administration clarified, a criminal case was initiated against the detainee, he was transferred to the employees of the Investigative Committee.
The criminal case will be investigated under the article on forging documents, making, using forged documents (Article 380 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus). The sanctions for it are community service, a fine or correctional labor for up to two years. Depending on the situation, arrest for up to six months or restriction of liberty for up to two years is also possible.
Violation of the parole conditions by Igor Bestuzh may also entail punishment from the Russian justice system, up to the cancellation of parole.