Arbitrator Korogodov removed and prosecuted
The judge that had been caught on bribery was charged with attempted large-scale fraud, yet the investigators failed to make formal indictment.
The Higher Judges’ Qualification Board (HJQB) has agreed to prosecute Igor Korogodov, former judge of the Moscow Arbitration Court (MAC). According to Kommersant, both Igor Korogodov and his attorney chose not to show up at the hearing for health reasons. However, the court still satisfied the claim that had come from the Investigative Committee of Russia in the spring 2016 and was signed by Alexander Bastrykin.
We should remind that the Federal Security Service arrested Vadim Storublev and Igor Korogodov, judges of the Moscow Arbitration Court, last April in Moscow on suspicion of corruption. The judges were detained while receiving a carny roll of 70 thousand dollars. The money was passed by Pavel Mosin, lawyer with whom the judges had had a long-term cooperation and friendship. In return for a certain amount of money, Mosin promised to help a retired admiral who had a business to win a VAT-refund case. Judge Vadim Storublev was running the case, but it was his colleague Igor Korogodov, who came to the meeting with Pavel Mosin.
Later the arrested judge told the investigators that he had no intention to pass the money to Storublev, and that his initial goal was to keep it to himself. A case of Attempted large-scale Swindling was initiated regarding Korogodov (part 3 of Art. 30 and part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code). The investigators are still struggling to make a formal indictment since Korogodov is yet to be deprived of his judicial status. Until now, when the HJQB has finally approved of the charges.
As regards Vadim Storublev, the Moscow Higher Judges’ Qualification Board only went as far as to suspend his authority back in April 2016, with no information as to whether he will be removed or charged.
Interestingly, Pavel Mosin had made an attempt in helping another businessman in 2008, settling his troubles with St. Petersburg law enforcement. Then, for his services Mosin asked 60 thousand dollars. He was sentenced to a 4.3-years’ imprisonment, but once set free, the offender came to the attention of the FSB again.
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