Detained GUEBiPK officers investigated sale of State Duma mandate
Names of the detained today during a joint operation of the ICR and the FSB employees of the MIA Main Department of Economic Security and Anti-Corruption (GUEBiPK) and other details were disclosed.
According to Novaya Gazeta, operatives of the MIA GUEBiPK Department B, who are suspected of Exceeding Official Powers (Article 286 of the Criminal Code) in the investigation of the swindling criminal case in the sale of the State Duma mandate in 2014, are officers Alexander Sobol and Sergey Abramov.
The edition noted that two years ago businessman Sergey Pohilyuk and ex-assistant of the Krasnoyarsk region Governor Alexander Lebed, Deputy Head of the Moscow Council of Entrepreneurs and concert director of Zemlyane Sergey Cherenkov were arrested upon this case. According to investigators, suspects tried to sell the seat in the Edinaya Rossiya party and the State Duma for $ 1.5 million to QIWI group of companies Head Andrey Romanenko.
Cherenkov and Pohilyuk were detained when transferring money to the trustee of Romanenko Vadim Alferov and less than six months the Moscow Presnensky district court ruled the sentence. Pohilyuk was sentenced to 4 years in the strict regime penal colony, Cherenkov - for 3 years and 10 months in the general regime penal colony.
Then, after the appeal, the case was returned to the Court of First Instance, at the hearing on which Romanenko refused victim status.
When the FSB checked actions of GUEBiPK employees Abramov and Sobol, signs of exceeding official powers were revealed.
The edition noted that Alexander Sobol spoke witness for the defense in the trial of GUEBiPK management, on which the defendant was General Denis Sugrobov. On December 7, the state prosecution filed a motion for Sugrobov's 22-year imprisonment.
Recall, it was reported that GUEBiPK was raided on 8 December and there were detained two employees associated with so-called "torpedos", operatives, who under the guise of businessmen or interested customers come to the officials and provoke them to take bribes or kickbacks.
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