Double-cross system. Why does corruption in Nefteyugansk police lead to resignation of regional high-ranking law enforcers? 

Double-cross system. Why does corruption in Nefteyugansk police lead to resignation of regional high-ranking law enforcers?
High-ranking siloviki of Yugra became the defendants of the criminal case Photo: The CrimeRussia

Yugra faced another corruption scandal. It turned out that Head of Nefteyugansk police Nikolay Plaksin, along with his chief of the district department Roman Nedyba, 'covered' counterfeit alcohol dealers. Ethnic gang from Central Asian supplied the sheep-dip to the shops throughout Yugra for several years. A criminal case initiated against high-ranking police officers was followed by three more. The rouge cops were first placed in the SIZO, but then released under house arrest. Now the case against them collapsed. But there was another news: the leadership of the regional police faced resignations. Head of the Yugra police Sergey Fisenko has already lost his post. How are these events related? And who will take it on the nose?

April 16 edition Ura.ru reported with reference to the source in local law enforcement agencies: Deputy Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for KhMAO-Yugra Sergey Fisenko resigned. The reason, according to the interlocutor of the publication, was a corruption scandal in the department that hit the chief of the Yugra police.

The official confirmation of the information has not yet received. Fisenko is still on the list of management on the official website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for KhMAO-Yugra.

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Sergey Fisenko was born in 1966 in the city of Isilkul, Omsk region. In 1997 he graduated from the Tyumen Law Institute and was appointed to the post of Deputy Head of the Department of Internal Affairs of the city of Raduzhny. In 1999 he became the Head of the Raduzhny Department of Internal Affairs. In 2001, he headed the police department for combating violations in the consumer market and the implementation of the administrative law of the Internal Affairs Directorate of KhMAO-Yugra. Since 2007, he served as Deputy Head of the department - Head of the MIA Directorate for KhMAO-Yugra. In 2011 he became Deputy Head of the police of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for KhMAO-Yugra. Since 2012, he was the Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in KhMAO-Yugra. He is married and has three children.

The source of The CrimeRussia in law enforcement agencies told us about corruption scandal. We are talking about high-profile arrests in the police of Nefteyugansk.

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Deputy Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for KhMAO-Yugra Sergey Fisenko

On March 27 of this year, the ICR for KhMAO-Yugra announced the initiation of a criminal case against Colonel Nikolay Plaksin, the Head of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs in the city of Nefteyugansk, and Roman Nedyba, the Head of the department for interaction with executive authorities of the subjects of the Russian Federation and local self-government bodies of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for KhMAO-Yugra. High-ranking police officers were suspected of committing crimes under items (a, c), part 5 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Bribe-Taking on an especially large scale, committed by a group of persons on a preliminary conspiracy). The basis for the initiation of the case was the materials of the FSB of Russia in the Tyumen region.

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Head of the department for interaction with executive authorities of the subjects of the Russian Federation and local self-government bodies of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for KhMAO-Yugra Roman Nedyba

According to the investigation, during two years (in 2016 and 2017), suspects received bribes from the resident of Nefteyugansk in the form of money, property, as well as services. The businessman, who sold surrogate alcohol, paid the policeman for protection.

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Nikolay Plaksin was born in 1960 in the Tyumen region, he began his service in the law enforcers bodies in 1981 as an inspector of the road police patrol service. In 1996 he was appointed Head of the department of the State Traffic Police of the city of Langepas. Five years later he continued his service in Yugorsk as Deputy Head of the department - Head of the public security police department of the Interior Ministry. In 2003 he was appointed commander of the Independent Specialized Battalion of the Road-Patrol Service of the State Traffic Safety Inspectorate in Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug. In June 2012, he moved to the post of Deputy Head of the personnel department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation for KhMAO-Yugra. In 2014 he became the Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in Yugorsk. In October 2015, he was appointed Head of the department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for Nefteyugansk. He was on tour of duty to the North Caucasus. He is married and has four children.


Searches were carried out in the offices of Plaksin and Nedyba, both of them were detained. On March 28, the Khanty-Mansi District Court granted the petition and placed both corrupt policemen into custody for two months. The source of The CrimeRussia advised drawing attention to the fact that, as soon as the court passed the verdict, the suspects were escorted to one of the prisons outside Yugra. The prison was blackout in order to prevent any contacts with the leadership of the MIA of KhMAO-Yugra. Then it becomes clear why such a precautionary measure was necessary.

On 6 April, the ICR of the KhMAO-Yugra reported that during the investigation of previously initiated criminal cases against Plaksin and Nedyba, new counts of receiving bribes, as well as cases of abuse of authority were revealed. In relation to police officers, three more criminal cases were initiated under items (a, c), part 5 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code (Bribe-Taking on an especially large scale, committed by a group of persons on a preliminary conspiracy) and part 1 of Art. 285 of the Criminal Code (Abuse of Official Powers).

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Head of Nefteyugansk MIA Nikolay Plaksin

The ICR for KhMAO-Yugra did not specify whom officers 'roofed', but it was not a secret. Indeed, on the night of December 22 last year in Nefteyugansk as a result of operational activities involving the police, Rosgvardiya and the ICR, seven natives of Central Asia were detained, including one of the leaders of the local Uzbek diaspora Arifjon Khudayarov. According to the investigation, the organized criminal group bought surrogate alcohol outside Yugra and supplied to at least 22 stores in Nefteyugansk, Surgut and Khanty-Mansi. The batches of deliveries were large: more than 30.000 bottles of counterfeit alcohol were seized in warehouses in Nefteyugansk. The chemical examination pointed that all seized products contained fusel oils, technical impurities and methanol.

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Arifjon Khudayarov, one of the leaders of the local Uzbek diaspora

All stores where the ethnic gang sold dangerous sheep-dip, belonged to suspects, their relatives or close acquaintances. At the same time, none of them had a license to sell alcohol. With respect to the detainees, a criminal case was initiated under a number of articles of the Criminal Code: part 2 of Art. 171, item (a, b), part 2, Art. 171.1, part 2 of Art. 238, part 6 of Art. 327.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Illegal Business Activity; Acquisition, Storage, Transportation and Sale of Products without marking provided for by the legislation of the Russian Federation; Storage, Transportation of Products that do not meet safety requirements; Use of Counterfeit Excise committed by an organized group).

The source of The CrimeRussia told about the work of traders in details. According to him, Arifjon Khudayarov, aka Arif, had sold sheep-dip long before the appearance of Plaksin in the city. Arif's gang has been selling sheep-dip for 7 years, starting in 2010. So, the criminal gang worked under the cover of the former leadership of the Nefteyugansk siloviki, but it is difficult. The predecessor of Plaksin on the post of the Head of the city police, Alexander Sultanov, has long been a defendant in a criminal case for abuse of official powers.

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Nefteyugansk MIA ex-Head Alexander Sultanov

According to estimates, ethnic organized criminal groups imported at least 30.000 bottles each month. The investigation suggests that bootleggers supplied vodka to stores at a wholesale price of about 150 rubles ($2.5) for a half-liter bottle. The cost of one lot was at least 4.5 million rubles ($74.000), and the annual turnover of illegal business exceeded 50 million rubles ($821.900). It is possible that the figures will increase exponentially.

At the end of 2015, Plaksin was appointed the Head of Nefteyugansk police. As expected, he soon became aware of the underground business of Khudayarov. However, instead of bringing the bootleggers to justice, the new boss also decided to 'cover' them. 


According to the source, the investigation, probably, will be able to prove taking the bribe in the amount of about 1 million rubles ($16.200). Though, Plaksin took much more, including also services, for example, they furnished his summer residence. The Colonel shared with Nedyba - he provided cover on the regional level.

In local media, there were many stories about police 'roof'. They say the precincts bypassed the outlets and openly told the owners how much and at whom they should purchase the sheep dip: "The task of dozens of district commissioners was to screw arm to the owners of outlets in order to force them to sell false alcohol." However, the source of The CrimeRussia called all these publications naive: the Colonel of the police will never act so openly, giving subordinates direct instructions about the violation of the law. It's enough just to hint when to turn a blind eye. And how to make money on counterfeit is the task of the precinct.

The source also laughed at the story that during the detention of Khudayarov, a police seized walkie-talkie and an electronic key to the MIA building of Nefteyugansk. This key was allegedly issued personally by Plaksin, so that the businessman could enter the police building at any time. Nothing like that, the source says, could not have happened: "Plaksin is far from being an idiot."

According to the source, the alcohol business with the police 'roof' could quietly continue to flourish, if the necessity to rat out Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in KhMAO-Yugra Vasily Romanitsa or at least his deputy Fisenko appeared. Who provoked this is not reported.

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Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Yugra Vasily Romanitsa

The FSB decided to obtain the necessary testimony from Plaksin, as he is friendly with Romanitsa, who personally appointed the Colonel to the post. So they decided to exert press on the Head of Nefteyugansk police through Khudayarov. That is why not only policemen, but also the ICR and Rosgvardiya took part in the detention of the traders. 

Once in jail, Khudayarov did not wait long, when one of the patrons in the epaulettes would hurry to save him. As soon as Arif got a hint that he had to surrender Plaksin, the bootlegger made a deal with the investigation. Khudayarov's testimony became the basis for conducting the audit, which resulted in the arrest of Plaksin and his chief from the regional police Nedyba. After that, in early April, the investigation released Arif from custody. Now he can arrive in his homeland and escape punishment.

Simultaneously with the news of the initiation of three new criminal cases against Plaksin and Nadyba, another one appeared: both defendants were placed under house arrest. On March 28, the Khanty-Mansi District Court ruled that the police officers would be arrested for two months. So, the suspects were supposed to spend a term in the pre-trial detention center before May 28. Why did the District Court decide to mitigate the conditions of their detention and release high-ranking police officers from custody in less than two weeks? Such a strange court decision is the key to the main intrigue of events.

One of the local media outlets, citing an informed source, reported that immediately after the imprisonment in the pre-trial detention center, Plaksin got the hint that he could be released if he rats out Romanitsa (the Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for KhMAO-Yugra) or Fisenko. The fact was confirmed by lawyer of Colonel Mikhail Purtov: "As for the proposal to Plaksin to rat out Romanitsa, this information is true. They acted according to the scheme. First, Arif received the proposal: "Do not want to be imprisoned? Surrender Plaksin." Then the same proposal was set forward to Plaksin."

According to the source of The CrimeRussia, Plaksin followed the advice and ratted out Fisenko, and possibly Romanitsa. That is why the detainees were taken to the SIZO outside Yugra - so the regional police top could not influence the events.


The testimony of the Colonel, who knows colleagues from the district center, caused the resignation of the Head of the Yugra police. It is possible that Romanitsa is next. But Plaksin is not only free now, but, perhaps, will not even be dismissed from the police and will retain his post. According to one of the sources, the case against him has already collapsed out of corpus delicti lack. So Plaksin gets his thirty pieces of silver.

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