Court upholds sentence of ex-head of Ulyanovsk division of State Traffic Safety Inspectorate caught on bribe
Pavel Ivanushkin was sentenced to 4 years in a strict regime colony.
Court has upheld the sentence of an ex-head of a division of the State Traffic Safety Inspectorate in the Ulyanovsk region’s Novospassky district Pavel Ivanushkin who had been found guilty of taking bribes for protection of a Samara company, reports 73online.ru. In May, Ivanushkin was sentenced to 4 years in a strict regime colony and a 1.3 million rubles ($20 thousand) fine.
The policeman was detained in March, 2018 when he was receiving 170 thousand rubles ($2.6 thousand) from an owner of OOO SNAO. The prosecution theory is that he demanded money from a founder of the company, having threatened to “cause problems” for long distance truckers who worked for the company. In confirmation of the threats, the policemen stopped one of the trucks for an expired certificate for the admission of a vehicle for transport of dangerous goods. In a week, the situation was repeated once again.
The owner of SNAO gave Ivanushkin 30 thousand rubles ($469) and reported to the police. Money for the next bribe was marked with fluorescent substance. The bribe was being passed under the control of operatives.
In May, 2019, Ulyanovsk’s Leninsky district court found Ivanushkin guilty of receiving a bribe on an especially large scale (item 5 of article 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and sentenced him to imprisonment and a fine. The policeman pleaded not guilty and tried to appeal the decision, however the court upheld the sentence.