FSB colonels who took kickback for protection of diplomats arrested until September

FSB colonels who took kickback for protection of diplomats arrested until September
For the first time the FSB officers were arrested in April of this year

They are suspected of receiving a bribe of 1 million rubles ($16.700) from the head of the private security company for concluding a contract for the protection of the main department for servicing the diplomatic corps facilities.

The Moscow Garrison Military Court extended the arrest of two colonels from the central office of the FSB. According to the investigation, the officers extorted a bribe from the head of the private security service for concluding a contract for the security of the Main Department for Servicing the Diplomatic Corps (GlavUpDK) under the Russian Foreign Ministry and its clients. For the conclusion of the contract amounting to 113 million rubles ($1.8m), the officers received about 1 million rubles ($16.700).

By decision of the court, head of the central office of the FSB department Andrey Kuternin and his deputy Alexey Kostenkov will spend their arrest in the pre-trial detention center until September 10. Let's remind that for the first time the officers were arrested in April of this year.

As the CrimeRussia previously wrote with reference to the data of Kommersant, Kuternin and Kostenkov are charged with items (a and c), part 5 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Bribe-Taking on an especially large scale by a group of persons holding public offices). The fact of extorting bribes to law enforcers was reported by Gleb Snyderov, the general director of Odor-1 private security company. According to him, he gave the first tranche of bribes to FSB officers in October 2016 in one of the cafes near the metro station Kitay-Gorod. At that time there was a preliminary stage of preparation of the agreement between GlavUpDK and security firm. Subsequently, Snyderov made several more offerings to the officers, including for increasing the number of protected objects in the contract. The last tranche of the bribe was transferred by the head of the security firm to Kostenkov already under the control of the FSB staff.

The FSB Colonel, detained red-handed, decided to cooperate with the investigation and surrendered his chief. Alexey Kostenkov carried 200.000 rubles ($3350) to the office of his chief, Colonel Andrey Kuternin. The next day, when he came to work, the security officer found FSB officers and an envelope with money at his workplace. The officer said that this was a provocation, but the investigation and the court did not believe him. The investigators considered that, due to the position held, Kuternin had the opportunity to assist the management of the private security officers in signing contracts with the GlavUpDK. Meanwhile, the management of the security company has achieved its goal - a contract worth 113.9 million rubles will be valid for two years (from June 9, 2017 to July 31, 2019).

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