A court in Tatarstan slapped a corrupt official with a record fine of 300 million rubles ($10 million) for graft, but analysts said it remains to be seen whether he would actually pay up. “It might be a means of allowing senior officials to escape real punishment,” Kirill Kabanov, chairman of the National Anti-Corruption Committee, said about the fine on Tuesday. “But such fines are needed, because corruption is a business, and you need to hit where it hurts,” Kabanov said by telephone. Alexander Timofeyev, 55, former district head in the republic, situated in the southeast of European Russia, was convicted by Supreme Court of Tatarstan on Monday of accepting a large-scale bribe.
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