Five former policemen taken into custody for stealing amber worth $35.000 face another charge
The criminal case over abuse of authority, which has been underway since 2016, was re-qualified for theft and bribe-taking.
The details of the criminal case against five former policemen and their accomplices, who extorted amber and 1.5 million rubles ($26.300) from the businessman, are disclosed. As reported by Kommersant, it was possible to reveal the crime during the investigation of the corruption case against the same policemen from the Criminal Investigation Department of the Internal Affairs Directorate for the Prefecture of Troitsky and Novomoskovsky Administrative Districts (TiNAO), which was initiated as early as 2016.
Law enforcement officers began to intimidate the owner of the Souvenir store, located in the Rumyantsevo business park, instituting criminal proceedings for alleged offenses. The finger men were acquaintances of the businessman and policemen Viktor Kalimulin and Evgeny Kartintsev. In the summer of 2016, policemen came to the office of the businessman and, showing him a fake order to conduct a search, found raw amber worth 2 million rubles ($35.100). The employees of the Criminal Investigation Department ignored the documents confirming the legality of the acquisition of raw amber, and seized the whole lot without any inventory. Taking the car keys, the policemen stole 200.000 rubles from it. Then, under the threat of bringing the businessman to criminal responsibility, the police escorted the victim to the nearest police department, where they forced him to give them 200.000 rubles. Part of the money was seized at the office. In total, the businessman lost about 700 thousand rubles ($12.300).
At the same time in 2016, the Main Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee initiated criminal proceedings under part 3 of Art. 286 of the Criminal Code (Exceeding Official Powers). Law enforcement officers were detained, and their offices and apartments were searched. However, the policemen are still at large. During the investigation, one of the defendants, former operative Yuri Ovchinnikov, who was on the federal wanted list, was detained. Partly admitting his guilt, he gave testimony that helped investigators review the 'amber' episode.
It turned out that, in addition to the seized lot of precious stones and stolen money, the police threatened to open a criminal case on allegedly discovered Violation of the Rules for Handing over Precious Metals and Precious Stones to the State (Article 192 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). But for a bribe of 1.5 million rubles ($26.300), the criminal investigation officers agreed to leave the businessman alone. According to the investigation, the businessman handed over the required amount to the extortionists.
Recall that on the eve the Presnensky Court of Moscow arrested all the defendants of the criminal case until April 13; they are Pavel Shaforost, the head of the Criminal Investigation Department of the TiNAO, his subordinate operatives Yuri Ovchinnikov, Pavel Emelyanenko, Naran Kharaev and Roman Sedykh, and their alleged civil accomplices Viktor Kalimulin and Evgeny Kartintsev. They are charged under part 3 of Art. 161 (Robbery committed by an organized group on an especially large scale) and part 6 of Art. 290 (Bribe-Taking on an especially large scale) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.
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