Home renovation, banya for wife: Deputy Head of Siberian Transport Police takes bribes

Home renovation, banya for wife: Deputy Head of Siberian Transport Police takes bribes
Andrei Marchenko, the Deputy Head of the Russian MIA General Administration for Transport in the Siberian Federal District

The top MIA official has been accused of swindling and corruption.

On October 4th the court began hearing the case against the Deputy Head of the Siberian Transport Police Andrei Marchenko, accused of swindling and bribe-taking, the Kommersant reported.

According to investigators, the Colonel would sign documents confirming final acceptance of executed works, while works had only been executed on paper. Thus, the total damage to the budget has been 3.5 million rubles. In return, the policeman received a bribe from the construction company in the form of a free renovation of his country house and a bathhouse for his wife.

As an official, Andrei Marchenko had a wide range of powers: he supervised the financial support center, logistics units and Auditing Department. According to investigators, the senior official had conspired with another detainee - the Head of SMU-21 construction company Andrei Kolokolnikov. Between 2011 and 2012 the traffic police entered into a number of state contracts with the SMU-21 to repair a breeding kennel and fleet base of the General Administration for Transport in the Siberian Federal District worth 11 million rubles.

Investigators believe the Colonel signed fake acceptance certificates confirming completion of works that had not in reality been completed, resulting in the budget losing more than 3.5 million rubles. In addition, according to the materials of the investigation, the businessman carried out a free renovation of a suburban real estate belonging to the policeman’s wife for a total amount of 60-80 thousand rubles.

Despite the fact that Marchenko was under investigation back in 2015, he has not been dismissed from service; he was removed from his position for the time of the investigation.

Both suspects pleaded not guilty. The businessman testified and said his company has not only fulfilled but even exceeded the agreed scope of work. At this point the investigation is engaged in questioning witnesses.

In May 2016, the Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed the Head of the General Administration for Transport in the Siberian Federal District, the Major General Arkady Ivanov, who is an ex-superior of Colonel Marchenko. No reasons for the dismissal were announced. Ivanov is known to have gotten the job in 2010, bringing with him a subordinate of his from a similar position in the Trans-Baikal region.

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