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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ufa Officials Cleared of Bribery in Daimler Case

Bashkortostan prosecutors have cleared local officials of wrongdoing in their acquisition of a shipment of German-built trucks, despite an acknowledgement from Daimler that it had paid bribes of about $30,000.

Prosecutors in the Sovietsky district of Ufa, Bashkortostan's capital, examined a bribery case that Daimler settled with the U.S. Justice Department in April but found no evidence of any crime, Bashkortostan police spokesman Maxim Rodionov said Thursday.

The regional police department is reviewing prosecutors' refusal to open a criminal case, Rodionov told The Moscow Times.

In April, Daimler pleaded guilty in the United States to giving kickbacks in several countries, including 5 million euros ($6.1 million) paid to Russian officials and government-connected firms Dorinvest and Mashinoimport.

Implicated in the case were unidentified officials in the cities of Ufa, Moscow and Novy Urengoi, as well as in the Interior and Defense ministries and the Federal Guard Service's Special Purpose Garage.

The Justice Department said Daimler paid the equivalent of 64,221 Deutsche marks (about $28,400 at the exchange rate of 2002, when the currency was replaced by euros) to Ufa officials between 2000 and 2005 to ensure that the city would purchase a batch of all-wheel-drive trucks called Unimogs.

Daimler was fined $185 million for corruption in the United States, with Mercedes-Benz Rus, the company's Russian unit, paying $27.4 million of that sum — the biggest fine among all of the carmaker's regional units.

No Russian officials have faced charges in the case.