Court arrested FSO Chief Lopyrev until January 23
The 94th Garrison Military Court of Moscow has elected preventive measure against Lieutenant-General Gennady Lopyrev. The Head of the Federal Protective Service in the Caucasus accused of bribe-taking on an especially large scale has been taken into custody for two months.
The court session on the election of a preventive punishment for Lopyrev has been held behind closed doors for several hours. Journalists were invited to the court room only when judge was issuing a decision.
Defense of the accused had insisted on the election of a preventive measure in the form of house arrest, arguing that the general does not have an international passport and suffers chronic diseases that prevent his detention in remand prison. However, the court sided with the investigation, incarcerating Lopyrev. It is worth noting that Lopyrev pleads not guilty.
The defendant's lawyer Ruslan Zakalyuzhny only said that his client had been charged in connection with his official activities, but refused to provide details referring to a pledge of secrecy. He also expressed the intention of the accused's defense to appeal against his arrest.
Let us recall that ICR representative Colonel Svetlana Petrenko previously announced that a criminal case on suspicion of bribe-taking on an especially large scale had been initiated against the general based on FSO materials. It is worth noting that the charges under part 6 of Art. 290 of the Russian Criminal Code, brought against Lopyrev stipulates imprisonment of up to 15 years and a fine equaling the bribe amount multiplied by 70.
Head of the Federal Protective Service in the Caucasus Gennady Lopyrev was detained on November 25 in his office in Sochi Regional FSO Office. It is reported that FSB officers seized cash totaling 1 billion rubles during a search in his apartment.
The Federal Protective Service has commented on the situation with utmost restraint. According to the FSO Center for Public and Media Relations, Lopyrev was arrested on suspicion of serious violations of legislation detected during an interdepartmental check in the Caucasus.