General Romanyuk released on his own recognizance
Previously, all defendants in the high-ranking case made a plea deal.
Former Deputy Head of the MIA General Administration in the Sverdlovsk region and retired Major-General Vladimir Romanyuk has been released on his own recognizance. This is reported by Znak.com referring to a source.
“All defendants have recognized the measure of their guilt and actively cooperate with the investigation. Romanyuk has recently visited Yekaterinburg for a face-to-face confrontation. There is no need to keep him under investigation,” the publication’s source said.
The Meshchansky Court of Moscow representatives confirmed that they have not received any petition to extend the arrest to Romanyuk.
Meanwhile, the Tagilstroevsky District Court of Nizhny Tagil had previously extended the preventive measure until January 20 to another defendant in the case – Head of the Yekaterinburg MIA Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Department Eduard Voronin. He is in custody in the local pre-trial detention center Krasnaya Utka in Nizhny Tagil.
As previously reported by The CrimeRussia, Voronin is charged with part 1 of Art. 286 of the Russian Criminal Code (Exceeding Official Powers). It concerns the story with a 1.3-million-ruble ($19,613) bribe, which was extorted from the organizers of an underground casino in Yekaterinburg.
As for Romanyuk, October 3, he was detained by officers of the FSB and the MIA Internal Security Department in his house in the Moscow region’s Khovrino and placed under house arrest. According to Znak.com, his house in Khovrino is adjacent to the house of the now imprisoned vor Yury Pichugin (Pichuga). However, as reported by The CrimeRussia's sources, the former police officer and the thief in law are neighbors in the village of Zostovo near Moscow, where both have dachas.
Unofficial data say that Romanyuk has been charged with part 6 of Art. 290 (Bribe-Taking on an Especially Large Scale). After a series of questioning and face-to-face confrontations, Romanyuk admitted his guilt and made a full confession, repenting of his deed and promising to assist the investigation in every way.
Another well-known defendant in the case is Head of the Department of Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Yaroslavsky district of Moscow, Sergey Glushchenko. He has been charged with part 4 of Art. 291.1 (Mediation in Bribery committed on an especially large scale). He is also under house arrest.