Arrest of FSO General Lopyrev deemed legitimate

Arrest of FSO General Lopyrev deemed legitimate
Lopyrev to remain in custody

Third Military District Court of Moscow has dismissed the defense's complaint about the measure of restraint for FSO Lieutenant General Gennady Lopyrev suspected of taking a bribe.

According to Lopyrev's lawyer Ruslan Zakalyuzhny, his arrest has been deemed legitimate. Earlier, the 94th Garrison Military Court of Moscow arrested Lopyrev until 23 January.

As previously reported by the Investigative Committee, a criminal case on suspicion of bribe-taking on an especially large scale had been initiated against Lopyrev under part 6 of Art. 290 of the Russian Criminal Code. He faces a maximum prison sentence of 15 years with a fine of the bribe amount multiplied by up to 70.

The investigation believes the FSO head used to receive bribes on an especially large scale (part 6 of Art. 290) from heads of commercial structures in the Caucasus in exchange for overall protection when concluding government contracts for repair works for the department's needs.

The Garrison Military Court of Moscow had earlier ruled to arrest General Lopyrev until January 23 on suspicion of taking a large bribe. The case defendant himself does not plead guilty. According to investigation, the amount of bribes received by Lopyrev is estimated at 6.2 million rubles, while 1 billion rubles were seised during the search in the general's Sochi apartment.

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