General Romanyuk confesses to patronizing illegal casino for $19.500
Now the ex-deputy head of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation for the Sverdlovsk region is being checked for involvement in other crimes.
Major-General Vladimir Romanyuk, the former deputy head of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation for the Sverdlovsk region detained on suspicion of receiving a bribe from the organizers of the gambling business, surrendered and fully admitted his guilt. According to Znak.com citing a source, he initially denied any involvement in patronizing an illegal casino, but after the face-to-face interrogation with retired Moscow police colonel Sergey Glushchenko, the General admitted receiving a bribe of 1.3 million rubles ($19.500).
The intermediary was Glushchenko, with whom Romanyuk worked at the Internal Affairs Directorate for Northern Medvedkovo of Moscow in the early 2000s. They met again only in 2016 when Glushchenko arrived at the home of the former head of Yekaterinburg and offered to help the casino for 1 million rubles, which was located in the basement on 139, Kuibysheva Street. Some Samvel Martirosyan and Petros Galetyan transferred the money. At the same time, according to the investigation, Romanyuk asked a certain Artur Simonyan to help Glushchenko in negotiations. Glushchenko and Romanyuk decided to split the money in half, but with the condition that they would be delivered to Moscow. The deputy chief of police refused to take a bribe in Yekaterinburg. Then he ordered the deputy head of the Department for OEBiPK for Ekaterinburg, Eduard Voronin, not to interfere with the activities of the casino. The then head of the department, Nikolay Barabanov, was not aware of the business since Romanyuk considered him "incompetent." However, OEBiPK employees from the regional subdivision where the head was Oleg Kurach smashed the gambling club. The operatives conducted a test purchase and seized all the equipment of the establishment, including 25 machines.
After that, there was a second meeting of Romanyuk and Glushchenko. They decided to return the equipment to the casino owners for 300 thousand rubles. But they could not resolve the issue since the case has already been transferred to the investigation, where Romanyuk had no authority. The General asked Glushchenko to return all the money to the merchants, but he did not return the money.
Despite the fact that in 2017 some manager Indra Gabbasova was convicted (the court appointed her a fine of 60 thousand rubles) in the case of an illegal casino, in the summer of 2018 Lieutenant-General Igor Krasnov, the deputy head of the ICR, signed an order on the transfer of materials to the Main Investigation Department of the ICR in Moscow. The necessary testimony on Romanyuk was given by Sergey Kondrashin, the security officer of the economic security and anti-corruption department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation in Ekaterinburg. In July of this year, he was jailed for 5.5 years of a general regime colony for extorting a bribe of 1.2 million rubles from a representative of the bookmaker’s office DilSis LLC for the return of the equipment withdrawn by OEBiPK operatives in 2015 and the subsequent delay of police checks.
Recall that the Ekaterinburg Central Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs faced searches resulted in the detention of the head of the Ekaterinburg Interior Ministry, Major Eduard Voronin. The version of the investigation was confirmed by his deputy Denis Zhdanov. The head of the consumer market department of the UEBiPK, Andrey Berdnikov, as well as one of the organizers of the gambling establishment on Kuybysheva Street Samvel Martirosyan, were also interrogated.
At the moment, Vladimir Romanyuk is under house arrest, and he is being checked for involvement in other crimes. He may give evidence in the case of Gaizer and in the case of thief in law Yuri Pichugin, with whom he coexisted in a village near Moscow.
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