Five FSB employees arrested for large bribe
Two FSB employees are charged with illegal receipt of money, and the other three mediated in bribery.
In Moscow, five FSB officers, who had been checking the activities of the Snegiryov Research Institute of Technology, have become defendants in a case of a large-scale bribe; all of them are arrested.
Two of them are charged with illegal receipt of money, and three of their colleagues acted as mediators in the transfer of a bribe. The arrested FSB employees include Colonel Aleksey Kruglov and Field investigator Roman Nadezhdin (a criminal case under part 6 of Art. 290 of the Russian Criminal Code ‘Extortion and bribe-taking on an especially large scale’ has been initiated against them), as well as Head of the FSB Office in Balashikha Denis Semyonov and field investigators Aleksey Vinokurov and Artur Yusufov, suspected of mediation in the transfer of money (part 4 of Art. 291.1 of the Russian Criminal Code).
According to the investigative bodies, during an inspection of the activities of the Snegiryov Research Institute of Technology, the aforementioned FSB officers found the so-called 'ghost employees'. Meanwhile, this organization has been the leading developer of fuses for ammunition in Russia for more than 75 years.
After the FSB officers revealed this violation, they reported it to Director of the Snegiryov Research Institute of Technology Igor Grigoryev. At the same time, the FSB agents unambiguously hinted to him that they could initiate a criminal investigation into a large fraud and embezzlement (Art. 159 of Art. 160 of the Russian Criminal Code). To avoid such a development, they asked Grigoryev to pay 1 million rubles ($16.9 thousand) for every ‘ghost’ listed as an employee of the organization.
Igor Grigoryev reported the extortion to the FSB. Further, he acted under the guidance of law enforcers; he agreed with the corrupt FSB agents about the transfer of money, having persuaded them to reduce the amount to 3 million rubles ($50.9 thousand). After receiving a bribe in one of the Moscow McDonald's fast food restaurants, the extortionists were detained.
It should also be noted that the court has elected a milder punishment for Nadezhdin and Vinokurov, as they both had pleaded guilty. They have been placed under house arrest. As for the rest, they will stay in a pre-trial detention center for the next two months.