Arrested Federal Guard Service General was to be dismissed 6 months ago
Informed sources report that Gennady Lopyrev was to be replaced by the President's security officer.
Major General of the Federal Guard Service (FSO) Gennady Lopyrev, who was arrested on suspicion of taking a bribe, was supposed to leave his position as the Head of the Security Department in the Caucasus six months ago. His resignation was expected in the summer of 2016.
Sources of RBC report about regular discussions that Lopyrev's post should have been taken by a younger official. It was assumed that the General would be replaced by one of the members of the presidential security service (which is part of the FSO). However, for some reason, that did not happen.
The sources believe that Lopyrev did not resign because he "was a very important person." In the FSO, the Major General was the one in charge of all state objects, including those under construction, in the south of the country, even the President and the Prime Minister's residences (in particular, the Bocharov Ruchei residence). In addition, he worked closely with the Sochi authorities.
As previously reported by the CrimeRussia, Gennady Loparev was detained in Sochi on November 25, on suspicion of bribe-taking (part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code). The Investigative Committee has yet to announce the amount and details of this corruption case, while the data obtained by the media is conflicted. For instance, Interfax claims that Lopyrev was caught red-handed while taking a bribe of 1 billion rubles. Kommersant points out that the general is suspected of receiving 6.2 million rubles. A source of RBC says that the case contains two episodes of bribetaking. The Russian Investigative Committee reports that Lopyrev was taking money from the "heads of several commercial structures for the overall protection during the conclusion and execution of public procurement for construction works."
Kommersant claims, with reference to its sources, that the inspection initiated against Lopyrev was carried out at the order of the FSO director, Dmitry Kochnev. Experts point out that the staff of the previous FSO leader is currently being replaced with new people (Evgeny Murov retired in May).
For the time of the investigation, Lopyrev has been placed in the pre-trial detention center.