Former subordinate of General Sugrobov got penal for illegal arrest of ex-Senator

Former subordinate of General Sugrobov got penal for illegal arrest of ex-Senator
Sergey Astafurov

Sergey Astafurov is sentenced to 4.5 years in prison for illegal shadowing of Chelyabinsk Tube-Rolling Plant (Chelpipe) owner Andrey Komarov.

The Moscow City Court sentenced Sergey Astafurov, the former officer of the anti-corruption department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, to 4.5 years in prison on charges of Exceeding his Official Powers (part 3 of Article 286 of the Criminal Code), RBC reports. According to the investigation, Astafurov and his agent, director of FSUE Promresurs Vladimir Spiridonov, who also received 4.5 years of colony and a fine of 70 thousand rubles ($1200), conducted the illegal prosecution of Chelyabinsk Tube-Rolling Plant owner and former Senator Andrey Komarov, as well as his lawyer Alexander Shibanov.

Komarov and Shibanov were detained in March 2014. Shortly before that, the Chelpipe got 1.8 billion rubles ($30.9m) under the state program of repairing military facilities costs compensation. Promresurs under the leadership of Spiridonov checked this deal and decided that the factory falsified documents and could not claim compensation. After that, Spiridonov appealed to Shibanov with a proposal to hide violations for 300 thousand dollars. The lawyer handed over a bribe to the director of Promresurs and was detained by employees of the anti-corruption department.

In February 2016, the case against the owner of the company and his lawyer was closed for lack of corpus delicti. In 2017, Astafurov and Spiridonov were detained. The ICR came to the conclusion that Astafurov had falsified the materials of operational and investigative measures and "created conditions for commercial bribery". As a result, detained Komarov was placed under house arrest, and Shibanov - in jail for 1.5 years.

Komarov and Shibanov were detained amid Denis Sugrobov’s scandal. In 2014, a criminal case was initiated against the General and his subordinates upon the creation of a criminal group and abuse of official powers. The investigation believes that the officers falsified operational materials and forced officials and businessmen to pay bribes. As a result, about 30 people were affected. In April 2017, Sugrobov was sentenced to 22 years in prison, and his subordinates were sentenced to from 17 to 20 years. In December, the Supreme Court mitigated Sugrobov's term to 12 years, and other officers got up to 9.5-10 years.

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