Deputy head of Voronezh region police caught on six bribes
The law enforcer would provide overall protection to local businessmen.
Deputy Head of the MIA department in the Novopersky district, Voronezh region, Lieutenant-Colonel Aleksandr Zornikov has become a defendant in a criminal case of corruption, the regional ICR’s press service reports.
According to the investigation, from October 2016 to September 2017, the policeman illegally collected money from six entrepreneurs for overall protection. In less than a year, the lieutenant-colonel thus earned more than 150 thousand rubles.
A total of 12 cases have been initiated into the matter — under part 3 of Art. 290 (Bribe-Taking), as well as under part 3 of Art. 291 (Bribe-Giving) of the Russian Criminal Code. Searches have been held in the police department and in the houses of suspects. The police officer and six local residents have been interrogated as suspects.
The MIA office in Voronezh added that an internal investigation will be held in respect of the lieutenant-colonel, upon the results of which, if the suspicions are confirmed, he will be dismissed, and his superiors will be brought to disciplinary responsibility.
According to investigators, in May 2011, Vorotnikov ripped off several sock caps from uniformed policemen, threw them on to the roadway and stroked over the police officer's head twice during an unsanctioned rally.