Head of Regional MIA OEBiPK in Chelyabinsk sentenced to 9 years for gambling business protection
A long trial of the former Head of Directorate for Economic Safety and Combatting Corruption (OEBiPK), the Police Lieutenant Colonel Ilya Shchegolev has ended in the Chelyabinsk Regional Court.
As reported by the regional Prosecutor's Office, the court sentenced him to 9 years of imprisonment in a penal colony and a fine of 1,775,000 rubles.
Assistant to the regional Prosecutor Natalya Mamaeva told that in 2012-2013, the Lieutenant Colonel repeatedly received bribes totaling more than 350 thousand rubles from the organizer of illegal gambling machine parlors around Chelyabinsk. For this, Shchegolev promised general patronage to the briber.
Shchegolev worked off the bribe. Already as the Deputy Head of the MIA Directorate for Economic Safety and Combatting Corruption in the Chelyabinsk region, in August 2013, he ordered his employees to return 14 seized slot machines to his protege.
The court discontinued the criminal proceedings against the operative who carried out Shchegolev’s illegal order on the basis of amnesty.
Apart from imprisonment and fine, his boss is forbidden to hold positions in law enforcement and power structures two years after expungement of previous convictions. The court also stripped Shchegolev of the Police Lieutenant Colonel rank.
In less than three years, Vadim Potomsky, Governor of the Orel Region, became involved into so many scandals that rumors about his upcoming dismissal circulate persistently. Furthermore, the region under his rule has made a mark during the live teleconference with the President: a complaint made by Orel resident Klavdia Stavtseva became one of the most high-profile episodes of the broadcast. What could be the next twist in the career of Potomsky?