Ex-Head of Tomsk MIA to pay for corruption tolerance

Ex-Head of Tomsk MIA to pay for corruption tolerance
Igor Mitrofanov

The criminal case against Igor Mitrofanov has been opened.

Tomsk authorities opened a criminal case against General Igor Mitrofanov, who had been the head of the regional Ministry of Internal Affairs before 2016. Mitrofanov is suspected of Abuse of Official Powers (part 1 of Art. 285 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The investigation suggests that the General ignored a message that there had been a corruption case relating to an officer of his department instead of looking into the matter as he was required. Mitrofanov is going to be summoned for interrogation soon, and following the results of the interrogation he will be convicted.

The prosecution suspects Mitrofanov of "corruption tolerance." It is assumed that the general received a number of reports about illegal actions of one of his subordinates between 2014 and 2016 and simply turned a blind eye on them.

An anonymous source told Kommersant that the case is actually related to another lawsuit; the one against Konstantin Savchenko, the former Head of the Tomsk department for economic crimes and control of corruption, who had been accused of bribe-taking and sentenced to 7.5 years in a strict-regime colony and a fine of 6.9 million rubles ($120,160). Igor Mitrofanov was his immediate superior and now the former subordinate is testifying against his boss.

Vladimir Putin dismissed Mitrofanov issuing a personal decree in the summer of 2016. The reasons for his dismissal were not named then, but most likely the corruption scandal around the general was instrumental in his fate. Mitrofanov left Tomsk for his hometown Omsk, but now he has been summoned for interrogation, that will determine what happens to him next.

Igor Mitrofanov became the Head of the MIA office in Tomsk region in 2010. Prior to that, he had worked as Deputy Head of the MIA Central Office in the Krasnoyarsk region for 6 years and then served as Deputy Head of the MIA Omsk for 4 years.

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