Deputy head of Arkhangelsk Department of Economic Security and Anti-Corruption detained for bribery
Colonel Nikolay Grinkov had restricted transactions to enterprises of the timber industry complex, requiring a large bribe. Realizing the scale of the losses, which they suffered as a result of the restriction, timber merchants accepted his conditions.
April 20, Deputy Head of the regional MIA Department of Economic Security and Anti-Corruption, Police Colonel Nikolay Grinkov was detained in Arkhangelsk on suspicion of bribe-taking, Pomorye Television and Radio Broadcasting Company reports.
It is reported that a criminal case under part 6 of Art. 290 of the Russian Criminal Code (Bribe-taking on an especially large scale with extortion) has been initiated against Grinkov. The defendants in the criminal case also include two former law enforcement officers, currently representatives of a commercial organization. They are suspected of mediation in bribery (part 4 of Art. 291 of the Russian Criminal Code). All three have been detained.
The criminal case has been initiated based on the materials of operational investigation of the FSB and the MIA Directorate Internal Security Department.
According to the investigation, starting from January 2018, the regional Department of Economic Security and Anti-Corruption was auditing enterprises of the timber industry complex and restricted the conduct of transactions, thus limiting their activities. Taking advantage of the mediation services of former colleagues, Grinkov offered his assistance in solving the problem to the leaders of one of the audited structures. He asked a 3-million-ruble ($48,870) bribe for the removal of restrictions in the conduct of transactions and timely notification of audits. At the same time, according to Acting Senior Assistant to Head of the ICR Investigations Directorate in the Arkhangelsk region and the Nenets Autonomous District Darya Koskova, in case of non-fulfillment of his requirements, the colonel threatened to continue blocking companies’ transactions using his official powers. As a result, Grinkov received the required amount.
As reported on the website of the Arkhangelsk region MIA, the suspected officer of the Department of Economic Security and Anti-Corruption has been suspended from service until the end of the investigation; an official check is carried out against him. If the colonel's guilt is proven, he will be dismissed from the internal affairs agencies for negative reasons and will be punished in accordance with current legislation.
The investigation is ongoing. It is held by the Department for Investigation of Especially Important Cases of the ICR Investigations Directorate in the Arkhangelsk region and the Nenets Autonomous District.
Major general Igor Vasiliev, Head of the Engineering Support Service of the Federal Protection Service (FPS), and lieutenant general Ulitin subordinate to him are currently in the middle of a scandal. However, it is unlikely that they lose their posts. Reportedly, the two generals are just the tip of the huge corruption iceberg in the law enforcement structures. This is not the first embezzlement episode in their careers.