Court toughens sentence to four former operatives of St. Petersburg Drug Control Service
Drug cops demanded 10 million rubles from the detainee when buying the chalk of a nightclub owner.
The Krasnogvardeisky District Court of St. Petersburg has tightened the sentence to four former operatives of the Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN), who extorted 10 million rubles from a detainee while buying drugs from a nightclub owner. The state prosecution requested to change the verdict, Fontanka reports.
In March 2016, operatives Evgeny Zhilekin, Vasily Belikov, Alexey Amirov and Evgeny Gagolkin detained Rolan Asanov on a tip from resident Kirill Kalinin, who sold 100 grams of chalk to Asanov under the guise of drugs. The operatives offered Asanov to pay for the criminal case renouncing, but he lowered the price to 2 million rubles and agreed on a meeting.
A few hours later, investigators were detained while receiving money. Asanov turned out to be an informant of security officials, twice convicted on articles over drugs.
The court found Gagolkin innocent. His colleagues convinced the judge that Gagolkin was not aware of the illegal transaction. The rest were sentenced to three and four years ’imprisonment.
The Prosecutor's Office appealed the decision. After re-examining the case, the panel of judges sentenced Zhileikin to 10 years in prison, Gagolkin to 8.5 years in jail, and Belikov and Amirov got nine years in prison.
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