The former mayor of Russia’s Far East capital of Vladivostok has been sentenced to 15 years behind bars on charges of large-scale commercial bribery and abuse of power.

Igor Pushkaryov was detained in June 2016 on accusations of abusing his authority to mastermind a large-scale trade deal between the local government and a building supply company headed by his relatives. He was one of more than 25 mayors who were detained, arrested or interrogated between 2012, when Vladimir Putin returned to power, and mid-2016.

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