Chelyabinsk region: MIA Main Directorate searched due to hunt for unidentified bribe-taker

Chelyabinsk region: MIA Main Directorate searched due to hunt for unidentified bribe-taker
Police Lieutenant General Andrey Sergeev

The search resulted from the arrest of Konsalting LLC head suspected of mediating a bribery of an unidentified employee of the MIA Main Directorate in the Chelyabinsk region. This was reported by Head of the MIA Main Directorate in the Chelyabinsk region Andrey Sergeev during a press conference.

The MIA Main Directorate in the Chelyabinsk region was searched by the Department ‘M’ of the FSB Directorate in the Chelyabinsk region on January 25. It was a part of an investigation into facilitating a 2-million-rubles ($35,800) bribe.

This is why police lieutenant general Andrey Sergeev, head of the Russian MIA Main Directorate in the Chelyabinsk region, held the press conference, according to Znak.com.

The Russian Investigative Committee launched an investigation that involved the Russian Federal Protective Service and the MIA Main Directorate Internal Affairs Department Operations and Search Division taking necessary actions, according to Sergeev.

The Russian MIA Main Directorate is helping to investigate the 2-million-bribe that was paid to yet unidentified officer by the Konsalting LLC head who had been arrested the day before, Sergeev said. The officer was supposed to not investigate the company employees, according to investigators.

Prosecutors and the Russian MIA Main Directorate did not name the arrestee. However, a certain Konstantin Novikov is the head of Konsalting tax consulting department, according to open data. He used to be a police officer.

“We are aware of all the circumstances that we will have to prove during the investigation. We understood the reasons behind the searches and helped carry them out,” Sergeev noted.

The said police officer is not a suspect or a defendant in the criminal investigation, Sergeev pointed out. He had reported an attempt to bribe him before the investigation began.

Polygraph testing confirmed the officer was not involved in the crime, according to Sergeev.

It is worth pointing out that the FSB and ICR had arrested 40-year-old Konsalting tax consulting department head Konstantin Novikov in the Sosnovsky district the day before the searches. He had helped a Russian MIA Main Directorate in the Chelyabinsk region employee take the bribe between November 1 and December 27, 2017, according to investigators. The employee was to refuse to launch a criminal investigation.

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