Former head of Dzerzhinsky police division arrested on suspicion of bribe taking 

Former head of Dzerzhinsky police division arrested on suspicion of bribe taking
Aleksander Grashchenkov in court Photo: Video screenshot

Former head of the 5th police division Aleksander Grashchenkov has been arrested in a bribery case (article 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) in Novosibirk. Grashchenkov had earlier been accused of exceeding official authority (item 1 of article 286 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and illegal registration of a foreign citizen (item 3 of 33, article 322.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, reports Nezavisimye gorodskie sayty with reference to the media office of court and Prosecution Service.

The details of the bribery case are not being disclosed, however it is being reported the case had been initiated following multiple inspections.

In 2018, case into exceeding official authority and illegal registration of a foreign citizen against Grashchenkov was initiated. Deputy head of the Migration Department Tatiana Kravchenko was also a defendant in the case. She was accused of incitement and illegal registration of a foreign citizen (item 3 of 33, article 322.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

The investigation theory is that the prosecutor ordered the police officer to register a foreign citizen. The officer forwarded the order to Kravchenko who didn’t manage to comply with the request due to the fact that the apartment’s owner had not come to the meeting. In order to comply with the request, the police officers registered the foreigner in another apartment where the latter was not going to live.

Grashchenkov and Kravchenko pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with the investigation. The Investigative Committee of Russia asked to stop the case against them. Court stopped the case and sentenced Grashchenkov to a 130 thousand rubles ($1.9 thousand) fine and Kravchenko to a hundred thousand rubles ($1.5 thousand) fine. Both defendants in the case were fired from law enforcement.

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