22 years in colony for General Sugrobov
The court found guilty the former head of the General Administration for Economic Security and Combatting Corruption (GUEBiPK) of creating a criminal group and of 19 episodes of abuse of authority.
The Moscow City Court has returned the verdict for former Head of the Anti-Corruption Department of the Internal Affairs Ministry Lieutenant-General Denis Sugrobov and his subordinates in the high-profile case of ‘torpedoes’. Depending on the role the accused were charged with Creation of a Criminal Community and participation Therein (Art. 210 of the Criminal Code) and Exceeding Official Powers (part 3 of Art. 286 of the Criminal Code).
Sugrobov was sentenced to 22 years in a strict-regime colony (the prosecutor had asked for this penalty earlier). Meanwhile, the convict did not admit his guilt. The lawyer of the former Head of the GUEBiPK said that he intended to appeal the verdict.
The other officers of the MIA – Salavat Mullayarov, Ivan Kosourov, Vitaly Cherednichenko, Evgeny Shermanov, Sergey Borisovsky, Sergey Ponomarev, Andrey Nazarov – were sentenced to terms ranging from 17 to 20 years in a strict regime colony. Another person involved in the case, businessman Igor Skakunov, was sentenced to 4 years of imprisonment in a strict regime colony. The deputy of Sugrobov, Boris Kolesnikov, who jumped out of the window of the Investigative Committee building in 2015, was found guilty and released from punishment in connection with death.
The criminal case against General Sugrobov and his subordinates was instituted in 2014. This happened after a failed attempt of the MIA officers to set Igor Demin, the Deputy Chief of the FSB's 6th Internal Security Directorate (USB), up. The policemen planned to impersonate businessmen and offer to take them ‘under the roof’ for 10 thousand dollars a month. However, the criminal venture failed. As it turned out, Demin knew about the provocation that was being prepared against him, and his colleagues from the special service in turn were watching the officers. After that within a few months more than a dozen anti-corruption commanders were arrested.
During the investigation of the case the investigators found that Sugrobov created a criminal group, which was engaged in provoking crimes and falsifying operational materials. The prosecution and then the court came to the conclusion that there was no motive to get profit in the actions of the officers: by sending agents-provocateurs to their victims, the MIA officers sought career growth and rewards.
In total, the Investigative Committee counted 19 cases of exceeding authority by the officers; all of them were reduced to provoking officials and businessmen for crimes in one way or another. As a result, 29 people illegally became criminally liable for bribes, commercial bribery and swindling. Among the victims, in particular, there were named: the chief doctor of the central clinical hospital of the presidential affairs department, the chairman of the board of Nanotech-Industries and the head of the administration of Smolensk.
Saburova believes that the Russian authorities violated articles 2 and 5 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, guaranteeing the right to life, as well as the right to freedom and personal inviolability.