Belgorod police officers caught taking bribes and extorting
Two police officers are to face trial in the Belgorod region. They have been caught taking bribes and blackmailing.
Investigative agencies from Stary Oskol, Belgorod region have completed investigation of a criminal case against two police officers from the Department for Economic Security and Combating Corruption of the regional MIA. The 35 and 27 y. o. officers are accused of breaking items а, b, and c part 5 of Article 290 (Bribe-taking and blackmailing) of the Russian Criminal Code.
During the investigation, specialists discovered that one of the suspects had pre-investigation inspections materials contacting information about a for-profit company CEO abusing official powers, swindling, and committing arbitrariness.
The officers decided to blackmail the entrepreneur. They demanded 400 thousand rubles for not initiating a criminal case based on the materials.
The entrepreneur paid them 300 thousand rubles on February 5 last year. The officers were arrested after that.
Today, investigative agencies have enough evidence to prove the officers were corrupt. The criminal case file with an approved indictment was referred to court for further consideration.
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