Head of Kamchatka MIA Main Directorate for Economic Safety and Counteracting Corruption arrested for bribe-taking
The Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky city court arrested the Anti-Corruption Department Head suspected of taking a 2.5-million-ruble bribe.
The court chose a pre-trial restriction in the form of detention for two months, said the press service.
Interestingly enough, the Investigative Committee of Russia in the Kamchatka region did not name the suspect neither upon initiating the criminal proceedings nor after his arrest.
The Rossiyskaya Gazeta refers to him only by his title, which is Major, although according to the MIA website, the Main Directorate for Economic Safety and Counteracting Corruption in Kamchatka is headed by the Police Colonel Sergey Skorokhod.
The criminal case against the Major was filed September 14 under part 3 of Article 30 and part 6 of Article 290 of the Criminal Code (Attempted Bribe-Taking by a functionary through an intermediary on a considerable scale), punishable by up to 15 years’ imprisonment with a fine of up to 70 times the amount of the bribe.
According to the investigators, on September 5, 2016 the Counteracting Corruption Department Head named the amount to be paid by the accountant of a fraudulent company to suspend the criminal case against it. The accountant was supposed to have just enough time to hide her assets and leave Kamchatka.
On September 12, the accountant passed 2.5 million rubles through an intermediary provided by the MIA official, followed by his immediate arrest in the act by FSB officials.
Currently, the official is suspended from performance of his official duties and is in jail. The court decision of his arrest may be appealed within three days starting from the day of its reading.
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