Krasnoyarsk police Deputy Head searched while absent
Presumably, the operational activities concerning the police colonel are related to the previous detentions of high-ranking policemen caught red-handed with a multimillion-ruble bribe.
The scandal in the Main Directorate (MD) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) in Krasnoyarsk Krai takes a new turn. Operatives conducted searches in the office and at the home of the Deputy Chief of the police for the operational work of the MD MIA for the region Eduard Khavabu. The Colonel of the police is now on a business trip, where he is partaking in Putin's operation to detain poachers. So far Khavabu has no procedural status: not suspect, not accused, not a witness, Vesti television channel reports.
It is unknown what exactly they were looking for in the office and at the home of the Deputy Chief of the Krasnoyarsk Central Board. Presumably, operational activities are associated with the previous detentions of high-ranking police officers, who got nailed for a multimillion-ruble bribe.
Searches in Eduard Khavabu's officе
Eduard Khavabu was born in 1981 in the village of Sugristoye of Mansky district, Krasnoyarsk Krai. He graduated from the Siberian Law Institute of the MIA of Russia. He began working in the internal affairs bodies in 2000 from the position of an operative of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Main Internal Affairs Directorate in Krasnoyarsk Krai. During the period of service in the Criminal Investigations Department he held various managerial positions. From 2013 to 2015, he was the Deputy Head of the Intermunicipal Directorate of the MIA of Russia Krasnoyarskoye - the police chief. In May 2015, he was appointed Deputy Head of Police of the MD MIA of Russia for the region (on operational work).
The Main Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation in Krasnoyarsk Krai opened a criminal case under part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Bribe-taking on an especially large scale) against the Deputy Head of the 5th department of the UEBiPK of the MD MIA of Russia in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Colonel Andrei Abakovsky and operative of the Criminal Investigations Department Fyodor Belyaev.
The published operational video shows Abakovsky with a smudged face commenting on the contents of the glove compartment of the car. There is at least a dozen banking and discount cards in a clutch wallet, as well as a lot of money. To the question of the operatives about how much Abakovsky officially receives, he replies – 70 thousand ($1.2 thousand). When asked for whom a bundle of banknotes worth 300 thousand rubles ($5.2 thousand) is meant, the policeman tells something indistinct about the fact that money should be taken to the office.
As the source of The CrimeRussia said, originally Abakovsky and Belyaev had demanded 8 million rubles ($138.9 thousand) from the two accused. For this amount, the policemen promised to fully release one accused from criminal responsibility, and to re-qualify the crime of the second provided by item (b), part 3 of Art. 163 of the Criminal Code (Extortion on an especially large scale), to a less grave one - Arbitrariness (Art. 330 of the Criminal Code). Thus, instead of 15 years of imprisonment, the lawbreaker would have received just 2 years. In addition, for 8 million ($138.9 thousand) the policemen were ready to stop further investigation of the crime.
The accused considered that the police asked for too much for their help. After bargaining, the parties agreed on 4 million rubles ($69.4 thousand). However, this amount was also impracticable for the defendants, and they decided to turn to the siloviki for help. On September 1, the first tranche of 1 million rubles ($17.3 thousand) was transferred to the corrupt officials. The FSB had treated all the banknotes with invisible and indelible paint in advance. After the transfer of the first part of the bribe, the siloviki waited for some time for all the participants of the criminal scheme to 'get dirty'. On September 8, during the transfer of the second tranche through an intermediary of Alexander Sorochenko, which also amounted to 1 million rubles ($17.3 thousand), the bribe-taking police were caught red-handed. Other information in relation to Andrei Abakovsky will also be checked about his possible involvement in other crimes, including the 'covering up' of criminal business and raiding.
Abakovsky's house where searches have already been conducted
Traces of paint were also found on the hands of the investigator, who was conducting the case of the accused, and the Head of the department that oversaw the investigation. The investigation is still to find out whether Eduard Khavabu was complicit in the criminal chain. It is not excluded that the sum of 4 million rubles ($69.4 thousand) was not to be divided between two people only. There is information that Abakovsky was Khavabu's right-hand man. In addition, the police have received illegal income for more than one year. They started fictitious cases against businessmen and put them in jail, after which they reached out to their relatives with the demand of 'ransom' in the amount of several million rubles, the FSB Directorate for Krasnoyarsk Krai said. The law enforcers do not exclude that a whole group of bribe takers participated in this and there may appear much more detainees soon.
Businessman Badri Shengelia – a ‘professional witness’ and notorious figure of criminal St. Petersburg – won’t help the law enforcement authorities anymore in their struggle against corruption, banditry, and internal intrigues. The professional ‘work’ of the killers has drawn a line under his controversial life and left plenty of questions to the investigators – because persons interested in this murder can be found literally everywhere, including their own agency.