Employee of customs service avoided criminal prosecution on case of multimillion bribes

Employee of customs service avoided criminal prosecution on case of multimillion bribes
Car of the Investigative Committee of Russia near the central office of the Federal Customs Service at the Novozavodskaya Street in Moscow

The Investigative Committee could not bring charges against serviceman of the Federal Customs Service (FCS), who appeared to be a relative of one of the heads of the Federal Security Service.

Criminal case over multimillion bribes in structures of the Federal Customs Service (FCS), seemingly, began to collapse. On Tuesday, January 17, it became known that all suspicions are removed from one of its most high-ranking persons involved - the operative on especially important issues of Head of the Department on fight against smuggling of the Federal Customs Service Pavel Smolyarchuk.

As RBC reports, the check concerning the field investigator was performed within case of smuggling which as interlocutors of the media in the Federal Security Service explained, affected career of several high-ranking employees of counter intelligence.

As media reported in summer of 2016, presence of large smuggling channels under the patronage of the chief of the 7th department of the Department K of the Service on economic safety of the FSB Vadim Uvarov was investigated. His relative Pavel Smolyarchuk, was suspected of bribery in the amount of two million rubles to the employee of customs for registration of freights of the import companies. The interest to him arose among security officials after in the fall of 2015 20-ton freight from China was found. In containers instead of the declared plastic souvenirs there were tens of thousands of iPhone and iPad, online newspaper Fontanka.ru reported.

Security officers tried to make an investigative experiment and to transmit through entrepreneurs a new bribe in $1 million to Smolyarchuk. However he did not come on the meeting in due time - there was an information leakage and the customs officer managed to escape law enforcement authorities.

As a result, on November 10, 2016 investigating officer Oleg Martynov decided to refuse initiation of legal proceedings concerning Smolyarchuk. Then one of the entrepreneurs gave new testimonies in which he noted that he was not going to transfer the money to the field investigator, and wanted to keep them. Case against him was requalified to Attempted Swindling on an especially large scale (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and brought to trial.

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