Deputy Head of Pskov customs detained in St. Petersburg for hefty bribe
Moscow and Pskov authorities conducted the operation to detain Lieutenant Colonel Sergei Shubin in the strictest secrecy, without telling St. Petersburg FSB.
Sergei Shubin, the Deputy Head of the Pskov customs, was detained red-handed while taking a bribe on August 31 at Mama Roma restaurant on St. Petersburg’s Bakunin Avenue.
As reported by Fontanka, Shubin is suspected of taking a $10.000-bribe from a certain businessman. This amount was found in his bag and seized.
The newspaper noted that the Central FSB and the Pskov FSB had detained the customs officer in a joint secret operation. The St. Petersburg FSB had not been notified about it. The FSB officers were pretending to be lovers at the next table with flowers on it watching Shubin accepting the bribe.
A bundle of dollar bills and 5 mobile phones were found in Shubin’s bag during the search. The operatives also asked the detainee a number of questions concerning his WhatsApp texts.
According to the newspaper, after having been denying the guilt for some time, the official wrote a frank confession at the place of detention.
The detainee will be sent to Moscow for further investigative actions.
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