Deputy chief of fire safety in Moscow gets 8.5 years for bribe-taking
The Khamovnichesky District Court of Moscow has sentenced Deputy Chief of the Department of Supervision in the Field of Fire Safety Management Oversight Activities and Preventive Work of the EMERCOM Main Directorate in Moscow, Nikolay Polosin to 8 years and 6 months’ rigorous imprisonment.
Polosin has been convicted in the case of bribe-taking for concealing fire safety violations in the shopping center Kapitoliy, AGN Moskva reports.
In addition, the court has sentenced him to a fine of 4.9 million rubles ($71,104) and deprived him of the rank of lieutenant-colonel of the Ministry of Emergency Situations. Lieutenant-Colonel Polosin has pleaded guilty. The convict’s lawyer Petr Maseykin intends to appeal the sentence.
Deputy Chief of the Department of Supervision in the Field of Fire Safety Management Oversight Activities and Preventive Work of the EMERCOM Main Directorate in Moscow Nikolay Polosin was detained for a 1.8-million-ruble ($26,120) bribe in December 2017.
The FSB detained the high-ranking officer during the night of December 1 in his Vokswagen Touareg near 22/2 Prechistenka Street when he was receiving 300 thousand rubles ($4,353) from Director General of Sopas, Oleg Shpilov. According to the investigation, the EMERCOM employee had previously taken money from the businessman promising to assist him in case of detection of automatic fire extinguishing systems violations in five Kapitoliy shopping centers.
Seventeen Russian Governors are facing criminal prosecution for bribe-taking. The rest of them may be jailed any time for exceedance of official powers. At least, Nezygar (@russica2) Telegram channel claims so citing an unidentified source in the law enforcement structures. However, according to that source, it is currently prohibited to prosecute top-level officials. In 2018, the operatives had only searched offices of Vice Governors or Deputy Ministers – not their bosses. The CrimeRussia found out what supreme functionaries are on the hook of the law enforcement authorities and may be immediately indicted if the President orders so.