St. Petersburg SKA hockey player Mikhail Vorobyov was sentenced to a fine of 2 million rubles in the case of a bribe to evade military service. This was reported on September 6 by RIA Novosti.
The verdict was issued by the Leninsky District Court of Ufa. At the same time, the prosecutor requested a fine of 3 million rubles for the athlete, Sport-Express reported.
On the eve of another defendant in this case, Anvar Suleymanov, was sentenced to five years of suspended imprisonment with a probationary period of four years. The hockey player and his defense do not plan to appeal the verdict.
On August 22, Vorobyov announced that he pleaded guilty and was ready to serve in the army. According to him, he transferred 200 thousand rubles to the intermediary, but did not receive a military ID.
The athlete’s criminal case was submitted to the court on July 8. In addition to him and Suleymanov, Vladislav Lukin appears in the case. All of them are on bail. According to part 4 of Art. 291 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, sentences from 7 to 12 years in prison with a fine of up to 60 times the amount of the bribe can be applied to them.
According to the investigation, in 2019, Suleimanov, Vorobyov and Lukin, through an intermediary, gave a bribe to a military registration and enlistment office employee in order to receive a deferment or exemption from military service. The intermediary who transferred the money was arrested, and a criminal case was opened against the athletes.
Suleimanov currently stands for Salavat Yulaev, Lukin and Vorobyov for Admiral and SKA, respectively.