Former head of Trans-Urals tax service claims security forces framed up his case and threaten him
The investigation allegedly reported on the detention while receiving a bribe, which was transferred a year ago.
The former head of the Federal Tax Service Directorate for the Kurgan Region, Vladimir Ryzhuk, told the court about the threats he had received from the security forces officers, the purpose of which was to force his to plead guilty. In addition, the accusation is based on the testimony of the briber, but they contradict the detention protocol, URA.ru reports.
“Employees of the regional Directorate for Economic Safety and Counteracting Corruption visited me, as well as Moscow officers from the central office, offered to plead guilty. [If I don’t], they told me what will happen to me in the future,” Ryzhuk said to the judge.
The accused spoke for about half an hour and did not plead guilty. At the same time, he noted that the MIA’s official statement that Ryzhuk was detained red-handed on February 22, 2018 while handing over a bribe, but the witness for the prosecution, entrepreneur and bribe-giver Vladimir Baskal, talks about the transfer of money on February 22, 2017. Baskal testified at the polygraph, but refused to be asked the questions posed by Ryzhuk's lawyers.
According to the investigators, developer Baskal gave Ryzhuk 500,000 rubles ($ 7,200) out of the stipulated 3 million rubles ($ 43,300) for helping to avoid tax penalties, which would cost the businessman about 65 million rubles ($ 938,000). In 2014-2017, according to the investigators, he repeatedly used official cars for personal purposes, which caused the tax service damage of at least 394,000 rubles ($ 5,700).
In February 2018, the court placed Ryzhuk under custody; in September the investigation forwarded the case file to the court for trial.