Bribe-taker is a head of a village council


Sergey Petrenko was a head of the second department of the Lutuginsk district military commissariat and in 1996 he was elected as the head of a village council. Such combination of jobs permitted him to invent a good method for increasing his prosperity. Petrenko proposed to a recruit Petr Ivanenko a way how to dodge the army service. The recruit had to pay ’only’ 400 USD. The official warned Ivanenko, that if he did not agree, the lieutenant colonel would send him to a construction battalion, to serve with formal convicts. Having got the money, Petrenko issued a certificate that Ivanenko had two sons (according to the law, a man cannot be recruited to the army, if he has two children. – Translator’s note).

Ivanenko had to pay for this certificate every year, until he became 27 and exceeded the recruiting age. At last, this year the lieutenant colonel was caught red-handed while taking a bribe of 200 USD.

All the names here are changed.

’Luganska Pravda’, brief interpretation by Irina Svetikova

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