Extradepartmental Protection of Industrial Objects ex-head suspected of embezzlement tried to slay investigator of his case

Extradepartmental Protection of Industrial Objects ex-head suspected of embezzlement tried to slay investigator of his case
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Andrey Polschikov, the former Executive Director of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise Extradepartmental Protection of Industrial Objects of the Russian Federation (VOOP), is on trial for preparing an attempt on an investigator of the Moscow Military Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR), Alexander Pautov.

The Moscow District Military Court (MOVS), with the participation of jurors, began the proceedings on preparing the assassination attempt on the investigator of the Moscow Military Investigation Department of the ICR Andrey Pautov, who investigated embezzlements at VOOP, informs Kommersant. According to investigators, the attack was orchestrated by Andrey Polschikov, the former Executive Director of VOOP. He is charged with Encroachment on the Life of a Person Engaged in a Preliminary Investigation (Art. 295 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). Polschikov is also accused of Swindling on a large scale and especially large scale (part 4 and part 3 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code). Other alleged fraudsters include the wife and son of the ex-Executive Director, as well as the former Commander of Vympel special group, FSB Major General Vladimir Podolsky.

According to the investigation, between 2012 and 2016, Podolsky and Polschikov stole 25.4 million rubles ($381.5 thousand) belonging to VOOP, transferring money to the cards of their relatives and quasi-employees of the company. The thefts, identified by counterintelligence, were investigated by Major Pautov. The investigation believes that in April 2016, Polschikov decided to eliminate Pautov and, through his lawyer, who was a witness in the case, contacted a person who was ready to organize an attempt on his life. He turned out to be Oleg Grischenko, who agreed to slay the investigator for 5 million rubles ($75.1 thousand).

For two weeks, Grischenko established Pautov’s place of residence and the parking place of his Mitsubishi Pajero. Meanwhile, Polschikov received a summons calling for a charge on May 10 and demanded that the investigator be removed before this date, having paid Grischenko 3 million rubles ($45 thousand).

For 500 thousand rubles ($7.5 thousand) Grischenko involved Sergey Sorokin in the attack. On the night of May 10, they pierced the wheel of the investigator’s car, hoping to attack him when he replaced the tire. However, an alarm went off in the car, and Pautov called the police, which made the intruders being forced to flee.

After some time, Sorokin voluntarily came to the police and told what had happened. Grischenko and Polschikov were arrested. The criminal case against them was sent to the Moscow City Court, but later it returned it to the preliminary investigation, finding that fraud counts should be considered together with those in which General Podolsky participated. As a result, the joint case was sent to MOVS.

The defendants do not admit their guilt. It is expected that after a judgement of conviction is rendered, Sorokin will be questioned as a witness for the prosecution. On the first charge General Podolsky was sentenced to a fine of 300 thousand rubles ($4.5 thousand), which was later reduced to 150 thousand rubles ($2.2 thousand) by the appeals instance of MOVS.

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