Head of Russian Railways branch arrested in bribery case
The head of the Sortavalskaya Infrastructure Distance allegedly received money to keep silent about illegal logging.
On October 4, the Oktyabrsky District Court of St. Petersburg arrested Pavel Bogdanov, the head of the Sortavalskaya Infrastructure Distance which is part of the Octyabrskaya Directorate of Infrastructure of the Octobrskaya Railway, a branch of the Russian Railways. Bogdanov is charged with accepting a bribe of 155,000 rubles ($ 2,315) for silence on illegal logging in the area under his supervision, by the joint press service of the St. Petersburg courts reported.
Law enforcement authorities detained Bogdanov on January 9 and charged him the following day. He pleaded innocent and asked for a house arrest or bail.
As the press service of the ICR’s North-West Investigation Directorate on Transport informs that a logging company illegally cut down about a hectare of trees along the railway in the Leningrad Region and Karelia — on the section between Lodeynoye Pole and Olonets.
Seventeen Russian Governors are facing criminal prosecution for bribe-taking. The rest of them may be jailed any time for exceedance of official powers. At least, Nezygar (@russica2) Telegram channel claims so citing an unidentified source in the law enforcement structures. However, according to that source, it is currently prohibited to prosecute top-level officials. In 2018, the operatives had only searched offices of Vice Governors or Deputy Ministers – not their bosses. The CrimeRussia found out what supreme functionaries are on the hook of the law enforcement authorities and may be immediately indicted if the President orders so.