District court calls former commandant of Chechnya gang leader

District court calls former commandant of Chechnya gang leader
Leonid Krivonos

The appeals instance confirmed the guilt of two generals and a retired captain.

The North Caucasian District Military Court has recognized the sentence of the Rostov Garrison Military Court against former Chechen military commander Lieutenant-General Leonid Krivonos, retired staff captain Vadim Zuev as sound. The first instance found them guilty in four episodes of taking bribes on a large scale (part 5 of Article 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and in five events of Swindling (part 2, 3 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), Kommersant reports.

Krivonos contested his role as the leader of the organized criminal group but acknowledged taking bribe from the servicemen as a sign of gratitude for his help in official matters. Golovatsky did not try to challenge his verdict, unlike the other two defendants.

As the investigation established, two generals and the captain received bribes from 94 thousand to 250 thousand rubles for a total amount of 1.5 million rubles. The trio received money via bank cards, and Senior Warrant Officer Boris Unachev was looking for soldiers, who could cash it.

Unachev was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison, Captain Zuev - to 7.5 years, General Golovatsky got a year more, and Krivonos - 9.5 years.

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