Deputy Head of Khabarovsk police arrested for bribe of 3 million rubles
Sources say that the corruption case was the only reason for the detention. Employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs claimed that Andrey Stefanov covered a gang of car stealers and hijacked expensive foreign cars with subordinates.
The Central District Court of Khabarovsk arrested the Deputy Head of the city's Police, Chief of the Criminal Investigation Department Andrey Stefanov. The senior police officer is charged under part 6 Art. 290 of the Criminal Code (Bribe-Taking on an especially large scale).
According to the investigation, Stefanov offered through an intermediary to relatives of involved in the case under article Swindling to do not transmit the investigation materials, which could be a cause for initiation of a number of criminal cases, to the authorities, in December 2016. For his services he asked for 3 million rubles. Relatives filed a request with the FSB and all further negotiations were conducted under the supervision of operational services. December 30, 201,6 the mediators received the first part of a bribe (1 million rubles). Afterwards, they gave money to Stefanov. On January, 11, relatives transferred the second tranche of a bribe of 2 million rubles. The next day, January, 12, Lieutenant Colonel Stefanov was arrested in one of the shopping centers in Khabarovsk, when mediators handed him the money. Three of his subordinates, who are likely to transmit the bribe, are also defendants in the case of bribery. They are charged under part 4 of Art. 291.1 of the Criminal Code (Intermediation in Bribery).
Meanwhile, according to unofficial version, Stefanov's arrest on bribery only is only the stall. According to sources of Komsomolskaya Pravda, the Deputy Head of the City Police covered the OCG of car stealer in recent years. Statements on thefts from affected citizens Stefanov inhibited at the stage of investigative work. Those bands that refused to pay, quickly fell behind bars. In addition, according to sources, the Deputy Head was engaged in thefts of expensive cars himself. Stefanov with accomplices stole foreign cars, and then sold them to their owners for a ransom. Komsomolskaya Pravda suggests that 3 million rubles is a ransom for the return of one of the stolen cars in the past year. It is known that the subordinate of the Lieutenant Colonel was earlier arrested right in a stolen car.
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.