Former Lukashenko's security chief accused of accepting bribe from Russian company
According to investigators, the company paid Andre Vtyurin $148,000 for promoting its interests.
The Investigation Department of the KGB of Belarus has accused the former deputy secretary of the country's Security Council and the former head of the security service of President Alexander Lukashenko, Andrey Vtyurin, of accepting a bribe from a Russian commercial structure, the ministry’s website reports.
Vtyurin was detained on May 3 while receiving $ 148,000 from a representative of a certain company “G” (the name is not specified) from Russia for promoting its interests in Belarus. A representative of the Russian company was accused of bribery. Both defendants pleaded guilty and were detained.
RBC reports that the Russian embassy does not name the detained representative of the company.
The Belarusian newspaper Nasha Niva, citing sources, reported that Vtyurin was detained already on April 29. The media reported that the cottage of the former head of the presidential security was sealed, and the reason for the detention was the case of a bribe. Two days later, the media reported that Lukashenko dismissed Vtyurin from the post of State Secretary of the Security Council of the country for "misdemeanors discrediting the title of a serviceman." The president signed a decree on April 24th.
Vtyurin received a position in the Security Council in 2014. Prior to that, he headed the security service of President Lukashenko.
The detention is related to the investigation into the abduction and murder of Tatyana Sidorova, a deputy of the Ramenskoye District Legislature, and three members of her family, which occurred back in 2012.