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The verdict for former deputy regional governor of Saint Petersburg Marat Oganesyan has been appealed, the joint press service of the city’s courts reported today.

The Prosecutor General’s Office is seeking the strictest punishment under the case of bribery for construction of a stadium on Krestovsky Island, Fontanka reports.

“The prosecution is asking the city court of St. Petersburg to toughen the punishment for five accused-on-trial,” the press service reported.

Marat Hovhannisyan has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison, yet the prosecution demanded 16 years. Former deputy head of the construction committee Alexander Yanchik is sentenced to five years (prosecution demanded 14 years), and head of SEM-5 company Vasily Slivkin is sentenced to four-and-a-half years (prosecution demanded 10 years). Slivkin’s son, Kiril, and economist Nikolay Khripunov, who had to pay fines, have been sentenced to eight years each.

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