Key witness in case against policemen may face bankruptcy
The company of Artur Petrenko illegally developed the subsoil.
Head of Agrostroykompleks LLC Artur Petrenko, who testified against the employees of the GUEBiPK of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of the Russian Federation for the Sverdlovsk region, faced a multimillion-ruble fine. These sanctions could bring the entrepreneur's business to bankruptcy, but this was prevented by a criminal case brought against employees of the Sverdlovsk MIA Central Board, Ura.ru reports.
According to the sources of the publication, the operation of the FSB, in which Petrenko was involved, is part of a campaign to clean up the regional police from personnel, to whom there are claims or suspicions.
The Public Council of the MIA believes that the GUEBiPK employees were the victim of a frame up. They are supported by colleagues from veteran organisations. Members of the council made an appeal to several instances, including, in the name of the Russian president. The initiative group requests that an expert commission to be sent to the Sverdlovsk region, consisting of representatives of the General Prosecutor's Office of the Russian Federation, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of the Interior, the human rights commissioner in Russia, in order to conduct an objective investigation of the situation. The appeal was signed by 190 people.
According to the source of the publication, Petrenko had his own motives for assisting security officers: he has a large number of claims from the auditors. In particular, the entrepreneur was developing a quarry for gravel mining near the village of Bolshoe Sedelnikovo on agricultural land. Employees of Rosselkhoznadzor, who found the violation, determined the amount of the fine - 43 million rubles ($719.5 thousand). However, after the story with the policemen, nothing is known about the punishment for the businessman. The enterprise itself continues to work in the regular mode.
Employees of the GUEBiPK of Ministry of the Interior of the Russian Federation for the Sverdlovsk region Alexey Vorlinsky, Alexander Kosman, Nikolay Zhukov and Yevgeny Kulik were detained at the end of June; they were charged with Provoking a Bribe (Art. 304 of the Criminal Code), then the article was re-qualified for Exceeding Official Powers (Art. 286 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
According to the investigation, the police used the businessman Petrenko to provoke the Head of the Supervision Department in the Field of Use and Protection of Water Bodies, Land Supervision of the Department of Rosprirodnadzor for the Urals Federal District, Anton Lobanov, to take a bribe. After the transfer to Lobanov of the agreed 200 thousand rubles ($3.3 thousand), GUEBiPK officers detained the official, but then they were detained themselves by FSB operatives.