The Central Court of Minsk started proceedings against the former head of the Belarusian Referee Department, Andrei Zhukov (photo). He is charged under article 430 (bribery) of the Criminal Code of Belarus. The defendant admitted his guilt in full.Zhukov is accused of taking bribes in the amount of about $650 and a bottle of brandy in the following episodes:
1. On 4 October 2014 received from $100 from referee Andrei Soroka for the appointment to the match Smorgon – Gomelzheldortrans;
2. On 8 June 2015 received from $100 from referee Andrei Divakov for the appointment of Cup matches and national championship;
3. On 27 September 2015 received from referee Oleg Murashkevich 50 rubles ($28 at the exchange rate of the day) and a bottle of brandy for the appointment of Cup matches and national championship, including Smolevichy - Smorgon;
4. On 12 May 2016 received $200 from referee Vadim Panchenko for appointment to the Belarus Cup final Bate - Torpedo, as well as other Cup matches and the championship;
5. On 25 May 2016 received $100 from Andrei Divakov for the appointment to matches Slavia - Slutsk, Vitebsk - Slutsk, Granite - Torpedo, Neman – Vitebsk;
6. On 7 June 2016 received 100 euros from Nikolai Rindiuk for the appointment of referee Andrei Soroka to the game Smorgon - Orsha.
On the basis of evidence, Zhukov is charged with bribery and accepting a bribe repeatedly, according to the Criminal Code of Belarus. According to article 430, bribery is punishable by restriction of freedom for a term of three to five years, with disqualification to hold certain positions or engage in certain activities, or imprisonment for up to seven years with confiscation of property and deprivation of the right to occupy certain positions or engage in certain activities. Zhukov was arrested on 8 June 2016, in his office at the Belarusian Football Federation.