Investigative Committee Head approves initiation of criminal case against judge
Nikolay Novokreschenov is suspected of taking bribes.
Alexander Bastrykin sent the communication to the High Qualification Board of Judges (VKKS) over the institution of criminal proceedings against former deputy chairman of the Irkutsk Regional Court Nikolay Novokreschenov.
Almost half a year after adviser to the Governor of the Irkutsk region Sergey Shishkin announced the detention of Nikolay Novokreschenov for a bribe of 8 million rubles ($137.900) and the subsequent refutation of this information by chairman of the Regional Court Lyakhnitsky, the Investigative Committee begins with an investigation. After the announcement of Shishkin Novokreschenov resigned.
The detention of judges is possible only with the approval of the VKKS, and at the request of the ICR Chairman, so Alexander Bastrykin sent a submission on the consent to initiate a criminal case to the High Qualification Board of Judges, which will meet on June 1.
The ICR intends to charge Novokreschenov with bribe-taking by a person occupying a public position of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation (part 4 of Article 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The source said that it is likely that the case is aligned with the son of Nikolai Novokreschenov, who is the judge of the Arbitrazh Court of the Irkutsk region, Kommersant reports.
Recall that on November 17, on the air of the Komsomolskaya Pravda radio, adviser to the Governor Sergey Shishkin, referring to unofficial sources, reported the detention of Nikolay Novokreschenov for a bribe of 8 million rubles and the resignation of eight more judges. Then the information was disproved by the press service of the Irkutsk court that stated that Novokreschenov had resigned at his request.
His resignation a year before the expiry of his service seemed suspicious. According to rumors, Shishkin could disclose such scandalous information on the air, as a criminal case was initiated against his son, and he tried to influence the judges.
Every big Russian city has ‘untouchable' people who are beyond the reach of the law enforcement authorities – generals, judges, mayors, etc. Despite overwhelming evidence sufficient to prosecute them, such persons cannot be busted without authorization from the federal center. There is also another type of corrupt officials: their deeds are well-known – but these people are so generous, hospitable, and understanding that no one is willing to arrest them.