Colonel Soshnikov is under house arrest for taking multi-million ruble bribe
The former Head of the Investigation with the Directorate of Internal Affairs in the North-West Administrative District of Moscow promised to a businessman to close his case in return for 3 million rubles.
The Presnensky court of Moscow has chosen the measure of restraint for Colonel Alexander Soshnikov, the former Internal Affairs official. The investigation filed the motion to sentence the ex-policeman to house imprisonment as with all his connections he might influence the investigation. The accused was also prohibited to use a telephone or the Internet.
We have covered the story of Soshnikov being arrested after receiving a bribe of 3 million rubles for his promise to help a businessman in avoiding criminal prosecution. On September 7 the 45-year-old Colonel arranged to meet the Moscow-based entrepreneur near the Oktyabrskoye Pole Metro Station. For the sake of secrecy, the policeman had been driving in circles for about 30 minutes to break away from possible surveillance, Kommersant wrote. However, as soon as Soshnikov received the money, he was arrested by the Internal Security Department officers with the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs in Moscow.
The Police Colonel was charged with Attempted Swindling on an especially large scale (part 3 Art. 30, part 4 Art. 159 of the Criminal Code). The investigation found that Soshnikov was the one to offer his services to the auto-dealer, although the businessman was just a witness under the case. According to the newspaper, the swindling happened at an automobile showroom located in the North-West part of Moscow.
3 million rubles was the price of the businessman potentially not becoming an accused. Interestingly enough, at the end of last year Soshnikov was dismissed from the post of the Head of the Investigation and relegated to reserve. Besides, a few days before his arrest he submitted an application for retirement. Therefore, there was no way that the former policeman could even affect the course of investigation, the fact being that he had intended to merely take the money.
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