Chelyabinsk investigation officer incarcerated for taking bribe of $66.600

Chelyabinsk investigation officer incarcerated for taking bribe of $66.600
Alexander Kozlov Photo: Ilya Barkhatov / telefakt.ru

Alexander Kozlov refused to admit his guilt.

The former Deputy Head of the Department for Especially Important Cases of the Chelyabinsk Investigative Committee , Alexander Kozlov, was placed in a remand prison for the attempt to take a bribe of 4 million rubles ($66.6 thousand) (part 1 of Art. 30, part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code). The Central District Court of Chelyabinsk placed the investigation officer in custody for two months.

As The CrimeRussia has reported earlier, Kozlov was detained on the evening of July 10 on suspicion of preparing to take a bribe from a person involved in a criminal case he is working on. Officially, law enforcement agencies do not specify who was the bribe-giver, however, according to sources of Znak.com, several million rubles came from the General Director of Lanit-Ural, Alexander Kondakov. Kondakov himself is currently in custody on charges of bribing ex-top manager of Rostelecom Vasily Prokopenko. For a solid amount of money the investigation officer promised to transfer defendant Kondakov from custody to house arrest, and also to ensure that the case was eventually hushed up.

The siloviki closed in on Kozlov after Kandakov's lawyers, who were to become intermediaries, were detained on July 7. It was them who testified against the investigator, having concluded a pre-trial agreement. According to their testimonies, the Deputy Head of the Department for Especially Important Cases of the Chelyabinsk Investigative Committee was supposed to get 4 million rubles ($66.6 thousand). It is noteworthy that Alexander Kozlov was dismissed from the investigative authorities on the day of the lawyers' detention, on July 7.

At the trial on choosing the measure of restraint, the investigator refused to admit his guilt. Lawyer Kamil Khatmullin called the materials of operational and investigative activities mythical.

"They are not presented: either they are classified, or the investigation does not consider it necessary to present them", the defender said.

Moreover, Kamil Khatmullin stated that, according to "one of the key witnesses", the bribe was intended for the FSB officers.

Online publication 74.ru reports that the father of the investigator, Konstantin Kozlov, is the Head of private security company Block in Miass. Another founder of the security firm is Irina Chashchina, the wife of the leader of Turbazovskiye gang, Sergey Chashchin, who was sentenced to 13 years for organizing two murders and banditry.

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