Former head of Moscow Criminal Intelligence arrested over bribery

Former head of Moscow Criminal Intelligence arrested over bribery
Viktor Trutnev

FSB officers, previously arrested over extortion from heads of the largest Russian developer and manufacturer of fuses for ammunition –Snegirev Scientific Research Institute of Technology – have testified against retired Major-General Trutnev.

Former Head of the Moscow Criminal Intelligence and police departments of three Moscow administrative districts, Viktor Trutnev, has been taken into custody as part of the investigation into the criminal case of bribe extortion by FSB officers from the management of Snegirev Scientific Research Institute of Technology, Kommersant reports.

The retired police major-general has been charged with part 4 of Art. 291.1 of the Russian Criminal Code (Mediation in Bribery Committed on an Especially Large Scale). According to the investigation, Major-General Trutnev had taken part in the extortion of money from the management of Snegirev Scientific Research Institute of Technology (part of Rostec), the defendants of which include several high-ranking FSB officers.

The investigation believes that last year, during an inspection of Snegirev Scientific Research Institute of Technology, employees of the FSB office in Balashikha revealed the employment of ghost employees by the research institute’s management. After that, the FSB officers offered Director General of the enterprise, Igor Grigoryev, to give them a payoff in the amount of several million rubles for each dummy employee. In case of refusal, Grigoryev was threatened with a criminal case of a Swindling on an Especially Large Scale or Embezzlement (Art. 159 or Art. 160 of the Russian Criminal Code).

Grigoryev accepted the offer, and then appealed to the FSB Internal Security Service, after which, supervised by the Internal Security Service, he gave Deputy Head of the FSB Interdistrict Department No. 7, Colonel Aleksey Kruglov, 3 million rubles ($52,710) in a Moscow McDonald's fast food restaurants. Apart from Kruglov, who has been detained red-handed, people under investigation include Head of the FSB office in Balashikha Denis Semyonov, operatives Roman Nadezhdin, Aleksey Vinokurov, and Artur Yusufov. 

During the investigation, Colonel Kruglov and operatives Nadezhdin and Vinokurov pleaded guilty and began to actively cooperate with the investigation, testifying against General Trutnev, who acted as a mediator in this case. Due to this, their case was severed from other charges and is already reviewed by the Moscow Garrison Military Court.

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Viktor Trutnev, who had headed the Internal Affairs Directorate in the South-Eastern Administrative District of Moscow, was appointed head of the Moscow Criminal Intelligence in 2001. In 2003, Trutnev was appointed head of the Internal Affairs Directorate in the North-Eastern Administrative District of Moscow. After being transferred for a similar position to the Northern Administrative District in 2011, Trutnev was forced to resign after several months. The reason was a scandalous incident during the visit of then Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Rashid Nurgaliev to the Academy of Management of the Interior Ministry of Russia, located in the Northern Administrative District. When approaching the academy, distinguished guests saw an inscription in bold letters on the pavement, which said “Nurgaliev is a c**t.” After the incident, Trutnev was hospitalized with a heart attack; a few months later Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree on his resignation.

Kommersant notes that 57-year-old Trutnev became a defendant in the case in January 2018. Investigators of the ICR Military Investigation Department interrogated Trutnev a few times. The Moscow Garrison Military Court sanctioned the search of his house. However, soon after that, the general ended up in a hospital, due to which the ICR investigators suspected him of evading investigative actions and applied to the Military Court with a request for his arrest. The court granted the application. The general’s lawyers have already applied against his arrest, however, the court has yet to set a date for consideration of the appeal.

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