Chelyabinsk: Former local police chief caught shielding gambling industry
In Chelyabinsk, former Acting Police Chief of the Traktorozavodsky District Evgeny Mendel is accused of taking bribes and ‘shielding’ gambling industry.
In 2016, the high-ranking police officer took an 800,000-ruble bribe from a woman in exchange for information about upcoming inspections of gambling establishments, according to investigators. The woman organized and held gambling events in Chelyabinsk. The officer sold the information to both the woman and her ‘business partners’.
The woman’s accomplices Kseniya Zhezherey and Oksana Suetina had been sentenced to 1.5 years in prison, according to the regional Russian Investigative Committee Department.
Marina Semynina, who had been renting out non-residential premises with an area of 2.5 thousand sq. m to the trading network, is a co-defendant in the suit of the Prosecutor General's Office on the seizure of Colonel Zakharchenko's family assets in favor of the state.
In a week the police of the Penza region have lost two first executives. The Head of the regional Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) announced his forthcoming resignation. In this regard, the region began talking about the global cleansing of the bigwigs of security agencies. Now everyone is waiting to learn who is next in the queue for quitting, and what new corruption rows pertaining to security chiefs are to come to light in the short run in a relatively serene region.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had seen plenty of scandals throughout its history. In the end of 2017, it ceased financing of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) on suspicion of misuse of funds by its management. However, the IOC couldn’t even think that international drug trafficker Gafur Rakhimov, member of the criminal ‘Brothers’ Circle’ put on the OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List, is going to take charge of it soon. Furthermore, Rakhimov has contributed greatly to the selection of Sochi the place of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Kochkin is detained in the headquarters building and brought to the police department, where policemen drew up a protocol under Violating the Established Procedure for Arranging or Conducting a Meeting, Rally, Demonstration, Procession or Picket (part 8 of Article 20.2 of the Code of Administrative Offenses). According to the activist, in the near future he will go on trial.