Izvestia ex-head asks Chaika to withdraw his case from FSB due to investigators' pressure

Izvestia ex-head asks Chaika to withdraw his case from FSB due to investigators' pressure
Erast Galumov

The accused of fraud spoke about the threats and extortion by members of the security services.

The former head of the Izvestia publishing house, Erast Galumov, asked the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, Yury Chaika, to withdraw his case from the FSB Investigation Department and transfer it to another investigating body, as the security forces threatened Galumov and extorted money “for relief from the criminal case,” TASS reports. Earlier, the Basmanny Court of Moscow arrested two FSB investigators from a group investigating the Galumov's case.

Galumov refused to participate in investigative measures and asked for state protection. According to him, the FSB investigators threatened to falsify a criminal case against his son and demanded 65 million rubles. The investigators allegedly received a part of the required amount, but Galumov pleaded guilty to large-scale fraud. Now he asks to investigate his case again and transfer from Lefortovo to another detention center.

Galumov, as well as the deputy general director for economics and finance of Izvestia, Galina Petrunina, and former director general of the structures management Igor Grigoriev, are accused of fraud in the amount of about 140 million rubles ($2.1m). Petrunina and Grigoriev are under a written undertaking not to leave the place.

On April 18, it became known about the arrest of FSB investigators Sergey Belousov and his former assistant Alexey Kolbov, arrested on charges of receiving bribes from Galumov’s relatives.

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