Ex-Head of Tomsk MIA UEBiPK sentenced to 7.5 years for a bribe

Ex-Head of Tomsk MIA UEBiPK sentenced to 7.5 years for a bribe
Konstantin Savchenko

The court found that Colonel Konstantin Savchenko took bribes with iPhones and discounts on car service.⁠

In Tomsk, Konstantin Savchenko, the former Head of the Department for Economic Security and Counteracting Corruption (UEBiPK) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Tomsk Region, was jailed.

The regional court found the former police officer guilty of taking a bribe on a large scale and sentenced him to 7.5 years in prison, Interfax reported from the courtroom. In addition, Savchenko will have to pay 6.9 million rubles ($123.500) in fine, and after his release he will not be able to hold office in law enforcement agencies for 2 years.

According to the materials of the criminal case, from October 2013 to December 2015 the Head of the Tomsk region UEBiPK received a bribe "in the form of property and services" by almost 700 thousand rubles ($12.500), for which he promised patronage and assistance with the tax inspection to an entrepreneur from Seversk.

The CrimeRussia reported earlier that Colonel Savchenko became the owner of 3 smartphones iPhone 5S with a total value of more than 100 thousand rubles ($1.790), received a discount for the purchase of Toyota Highlander in 612.5 thousand rubles ($10.900), as well as additional equipment and accessories in the amount of 177 thousand rubles ($3.160).

Konstantin Savchenko did not plead guilty, saying that he intends to appeal the verdict. According to him, the verdict does not take into account a number of testimonies that speak in his favor. However, the court found the guilt of the UEBiPK former Head proven, because he acknowledged the testimony of key witness Andrey Krivoshein "consistent."

It is worth noting that witness Krivoshein himself is currently under house arrest for alleged illegal banking activities. For laundering of funds in especially large amounts, he faces up to 7 years of imprisonment.

To recall, Colonel Konstantin Savchenko was detained on suspicion of receiving bribes in late January 2016. In respect of him, a criminal case was initiated under item (c), part 5 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Bribe-Taking), after which he was placed in the pre-trial detention center.⁠

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