A mopping up operation against officials in the Prosecutor’s Office of the Saratov Region 

A mopping up operation against officials in the Prosecutor’s Office of the Saratov Region
Vladimir Stepanov, dismissed by the President of the Russian Federation from the post of prosecutor of the Saratov Region

Following the deputy prosecutor of the Ershovsky district – senior assistant of the prosecutor of the Engels city, Anton Yurov, was detained on suspicion of fraud. It I interesting that arrests of the Prosecutor’s Office employees begun soon after the President of the Russian Federation dismissed Vladimir Stepanov from the regional prosecutor’s position.

Employee of the Saratov Region’s Prosecutor’s Office was arrested on suspicion of fraud. The name of the detained is withheld by the law enforcement agencies, however, according to the Kommersant (Russian newspaper) informed source, it is a 29-years-old assistant of the Engels’ Prosecutor – Anton Yurov. He was charged with taking a bribe of 3,5 milliion rubles from a certain defendant – investigators believe that the employee of supervisory authority promised him a diversion. A criminal case against Yurov was initiated under art. 30 para 3 and art. 159 para 4 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation – large-scale fraud attempt. The court granted a petition of the investigator – Yurov was placed in custody.

It is notable, that at short notice it is already a second detention of the employee of Prosecutor’s Office of the Saratov Region. On June 9, 2016 during a joint operation of the Administration of Federal Security Service and the Investigative Committee, deputy prosecutor of the Ershovsky District Dmitry Volkov was detained at Engels-Ozinky route.

Дмитрий Волоков

Photo: arrest of Dmitry Volkov

According to the investigation, the official took a bribe of 400 thousands rubles from the policeman of a local Office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs as a reward for cooperation in refusal in initiation a criminal case against him. Both detentions took place after President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin on June 2, 2016 resolved to dismiss the head of the supervisory authority of the Saratov Region Vladimir Stepanov.

Once is an incident, twice is a coincidence, third time is a pattern. Probably, this proverbial wisdom is applicable in the situation in the Saratov Region’s Prosecutor’s Office as well.

Especially since the Saratov Region’s supervisory authority’s employees frequently appeared in criminal news. In February 2008, predecessor of Vladimir Stepanov, Evgeny Grigoriev was shot in center of Saratov. In the late August of 2015 a criminal case against the prosecutor of Engels of the Saratov Region Vladimir Zubakin was initiated. The official was charged with eight episodes of fraud, bribery and abuse of office. The case has not been transferred to court yet, preliminary investigation is still in proceeding.

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