Denis Sugrobov considered leader of criminal group
The debate in the Moscow City Court on the high-profile case of former Head of the General Administration for Economic Crimes and Combatting the Corruption (GAESCC) Denis Sugrobov began with the Prosecutor stating that the defendant's guilt had been fully proved.
One of the gravest charges incriminated against Denis Sugrobov and his alleged accomplices, is the Organization of a Criminal Community (Art. 210 of the Criminal Code). The state prosecutor will announce the rest of the charges within the next two days, Kommersant reported. After that, the prosecution will ask for sentences for the former employees of the anti-corruption department.
At closed hearings, which started in the Moscow City Court on December 5, 2016, the prosecution considered the guilt of Denis Sugrobov and his alleged accomplices in organizing a criminal group proven in full. Investigators believe that the gang remained active from July 2011 to May 2013 and included the Head of the Directorate B, Boris Kolesnikov (died during interrogation in the ICR), seven other police officers (Salavat Mullayarov, Ivan Kosourov, Vitaly Cherednichenko, Evgeny Shermanov, Sergey Borisovsky, Sergey Ponomarev, Andrey Nazarov), and businessman Igor Skakunov.
The Prosecutor believes that by falsifying the results of their professional activities, the gang members maintained a semblance of "successful implementation of the tasks entrusted to GAESCC" and provoked victims (officials, high-ranking FSB member) into taking bribes. Public prosecution suggests that GAESCC employees illegally prosecuted businessman Vladimir Rayzvikh and Smolensk officials. As a result of their actions, called illegal by the prosecutor, the detained officials testified against each other, which eventually led to the arrest of the head of the city, Konstantin Lazarev, on charges of Exceeding Official Powers (Art. 286 of the Criminal Code) and Attempted Swindling (Art. 30 and part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code). Subsequently, Lazarev was acquitted by a court decision.
With regard to the criminal prosecution against President of the German company Nanotec-Industries AG Vladimir Rayzvikh, the prosecutor also found the guilt of the defendants proved in full, noting that they were guided by selfish considerations, seeking to establish control "over a part of the Russian market for the realization of medical equipment for the treatment of cancer" and thus make a profit.
As for the the main criminal episode, which served as a basis for this criminal case — provoking member of the FSB Internal Security Service, Igor Demin, into taking a bribe — the state prosecution has not yet indicted Sugrobov and his accomplices. This is expected to happen on Wednesday, and then the prosecutor would ask for sentences for the defendants.
Previously, Denis Sugrobov's lawyers pointed out that the whole process was built around prosecution. For their part, the defense prepared at least an impressive speech, planning to read about 4 volumes of materials in court (800 pages).
The defendants stand accused of 21 criminal episodes under following articles of the Criminal Code: Art. 210 (Organization of a Criminal Community or Participation In It), Art. 286 (Exceeding Official Powers), Art. 304 (Provocation of a Bribe).
The investigation of Sugrobov's case has been ongoing for 9 months behind closed doors in the Moscow City Court.