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Former Ukrainian Official Sentenced For Bribe-Taking

KHARKIV, Ukraine -- A former official in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv has been jailed for 2 1/2 years for taking a bribe related to a land deal, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

Henady Bakalyar, the former head of the Apartments and Property Distribution Department of Kharkiv City Council, was found guilty by the Kharkiv Regional Court of abuse of power and extortion.

Bakalyar was arrested in November 2006. Prosecutors said he accepted the equivalent of $4,700 from a local businessman for the opportunity to use a plot of land for building purposes.