Balashikha Administration official arrested for protection racket
The official was collared in the act of receiving half a million rubles.
In Balashikha (municipality in the outskirts of Moscow), law enforces detained Ilya Lezhnev, the Head of the Publicity and Funeral Services Department. The official had allegedly solicited a monthly fee of 500 thousand rubles from a businessman in return for his overall protection and no obstacles for the business.
According to some estimates, the official got half a million rubles for advertising services. Local media stress that Ilya Lezhnev was appointed to the post just recently.
The official was caught red-handed when receiving money through an intermediary on December 13, 2016. The Investigative Committee of Russia in Balashikha municipality initiated a criminal case on the grounds of the incident under part 5 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code. Ilya Lezhnev has been taken into custody.
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