“Grace of God”: investigator Rubashkin, caught red-handed on bribe of $29.8 thousand, commented on his release
The prosecutor's office demanded that the investigator be sentenced to 10 years in prison, but he was released in the courtroom.
Viktor Rubashkin, a former investigator for particularly important cases of the Main Investigative Directorate of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for Moscow, convicted of a bribe of 2 million rubles ($29.8 thousand) for stopping prosecution of those accused of creating a criminal group, called his release in the courtroom “grace of God” in an interview with Moskovsky Komsomolets.
In December, Rubashkin was sentenced to a fine of 4.2 million rubles ($62.6 thousand) and released in the courtroom due to his cooperation with the investigation. He was forbidden to occupy positions in law enforcement bodies for two years.
“This is grace of God, an example of choosing the right path,” said the ex-investigator, referring to his cooperation with the investigation. Rubashkin also told reporters that he appealed to the housing company with a request to provide him with a tractor for cleaning the territory, but he was told that "all places are occupied by immigrants from Central Asia."
According to Rubashkin, he returned the funds received in the form of a bribe to the state, and savings of about 4 million rubles ($59.6 thousand) will be transferred to pay the fine. He explained his participation in the criminal scheme by the fact that he “could not resist it.”
“A lot of interns passed through me, they said: “Viktor Ivanovich, nobody now works and lives like that,” explained Rubashkin. The investigator lives in a communal apartment in a house next to the Main Investigative Directorate.
Viktor Rubashkin and his colleague Vladimir Andrievsky were detained by the FSB in November 2015 while receiving a bribe of 2 million rubles ($29.8 thousand). The bribe was the first tranche of the sum of 10 million rubles. For this amount, the investigators promised to stop the prosecution of the brothers Zhanuko and Don Rafailov, who were accused of creating a gang. The mediator in the transfer of a bribe was an owner of several Moscow shopping centers, Gennady Manashirov, who was familiar with Andrievsky. The businessman demanded payment for his intermediary services, after which the Rafailovs appealed to the FSB.
Six months after his arrest, Rubashkin pleaded guilty and testified against his accomplices. On the basis of his testimony, Vadim Okutov, head of the neurosurgery department at the 67th city hospital, was also brought to criminal responsibility for issuing false certificates the Rafailov brothers needed for release. Also, the ex-investigator said that Manashirov had handed over 500 thousand dollars to the security forces for "exerting psychological pressure" on competitors. As a result, Manashirov was sentenced to 12 years, Andrievsky - to 11 years, and Okutov - to two and a half years in prison. The doctor was subsequently amnestied. Zhanuko Rafailov escaped charges in his case, while his brother Don was sentenced to six years in prison.
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