Investigator extorted money from businessman for mitigation of restraint measure

Investigator extorted money from businessman for mitigation of restraint measure
Photo: Emin Jafarov / Kommersant

The representative of arrested businessman Yuri Tuzov got similar proposals from swindlers.

The Main Investigative Department of the ICR in Moscow initiated a criminal investigation into the attempted theft of 150 million rubles ($2.4m) from Yuri Tuzov, the Murmansk fish merchant arrested on charges of kidnapping a man, Kommersant reports.

The Investigative Committee met with a representative of Tuzov, who said that the pre-trial detention center officer applied to the entrepreneur. The investigator claimed that she could change his measure of restraint for house arrest and wrote the sum on a piece of paper. In case of refusal, Tuzov would face an accusation of Extortion (Article 163 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). Later, lawyers of the entrepreneur received several more proposals to mitigate the punishment with amounts ranging to $2 million. Otherwise, the businessman would get a sentence of up to 20 years and his son would be convicted as an accomplice in the crime.

Negotiations with extortionists were held under the control of FSB operatives and ICR investigators. One of the scammers, who represented himself as Konstantin, repeatedly contacted Tuzov's representatives, agreeing to the terms of the deal. The parties managed to agree on the amount of 150 million rubles, and it was required to pay it in euros. Meeting with extortionists was held at the Holiday Inn on Rusakovskaya Street. The representative of the extortionists got 2 million euros of phony currency, after that he was detained. However, the alleged swindler turned out to be a courier hired for 10.000 rubles. After that Konstantin called Tuzov's representatives and promised to "blow applicant’s head off”.

The investigation qualified the actions of extortionists as Swindling (Article 30 and part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The investigator, who offered Tuzov a "deal" in the remand prison, resigned. In the event that law enforcement officers are involved in the crime, a case of bribery may be initiated (part 6 of Article 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

Yuri Tuzov is accused of kidnapping director general of Logistics-Moscow LLC Pavel Surin. Surin received a bill for 400 million rubles, issued by one of the enterprises of Tuzov. The businessman doubted that Logistics-Moscow received the bill legally, and refused to pay for it. The parties turned to arbitration with counterclaims. While the proceedings were underway, in June 2017, Surin was abducted in Moscow by a group of Caucasians who, threatening with knives, forced him to renounce his claims. Subsequently, the kidnappers were detained. One of the detainees, Vakha Ingaev, a Chechen who was repeatedly tried for robbery, called Tuzov the organizer of the abduction. The businessman, in turn, said that he had nothing to do with the kidnapping. Tuzov's lawyers showed Aeroflot documents, testifying that during the meeting of the organizer of the crime with performers, Tuzov was on the plane, not in Moscow. Nevertheless, by the decision of the Khamovniki court Tuzov was arrested on charges of organizing Abduction (Article 126 of the Criminal Code) and placed in Butyrka. Tuzov’s company won civic plea.

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