Lasted less than half-year: Pavel Mullin, acting Head of Kemerovo Investigations Directorate, suspected of corruption
According to a CrimeRussia source, he has requested operatives by phone to stop operative activities against ‘respected persons’.
Another scandal occurred in the Kuzbass law enforcement authorities. A criminal case has been initiated against the acting Head of the Investigations Directorate in the Kemerovo Region of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation (ICR). Pavel Mullin is accused of exceeding official powers. According to the source in the Main Investigations Directorate in the Siberian Federal District of the ICR, the colonel of justice has requested operatives of the Department for Combating Extremism of the General Administration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of the Russian Federation – who are not subordinate to him – by phone to stop operative activities against ‘respected persons’. The policemen have uncovered a weapons cache in the Izhmorsky district of the Kemerovo region, but following the request of the acting Head of the Investigations Directorate, did not seize the weapons for further expert assessment – but instead left the scene. Operatives of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation have tapped this telephone conversation and submitted the record to the ICR. On January 22, 2017, a criminal case has been initiated against Pavel Mullin. According to a source in the regional police, Viktor Kutylkin, Deputy Head of the MIA General Administration for the Kemerovo Region, has already been questioned in the framework of this criminal case; he was asked about links between the two agencies and why do MIA operatives fulfil verbal instructions from persons who are not their commanders.
Official charges haven’t been laid against Mullin yet. In the meanwhile, on March 1, 2017 the press service of the Investigations Directorate in the Kemerovo Region of the ICR has posted an announcement on its web site that Pavel Mullin, the acting Head of the Investigations Directorate, is to hold receptions of citizens in several mining towns on March 15, 2017.
Sergei Kalinkin, the ex-Head of the Investigations Directorate in the Kemerovo Region of the ICR
To refresh background: in November 2016, general Sergei Kalinkin, then-Head of the Investigations Directorate in the Kemerovo Region, was arrested together with three investigators and two Vice Governors in the framework of a corruption case: acting in the interests of oligarch Aleksander Shukin, they had attempted to seize the control block of shares from the owner of Inskoy Pit mine. Mullin was appointed the acting Head of the Investigations Directorate immediately after the termination of Kalinkin. Interestingly, his office was located close to the office of his former chief, but he rushed to move to the new chair.
Pavel Mullin started his career in 1993. After the graduation from the Law Faculty of the Kemerovo State University, he was appointed an Assistant Prosecutor in the Prosecutor’s Office of the Zavodskoy District of Kemerovo. In 2003, Mullin became the Prosecutor of the Town of Berezovsky. In 2007, he has transferred to the newly-established ICR and became a Deputy Head of the Directorate. During his service in the prosecution authorities, he was repeatedly commended by the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation and the Prosecutor of the Kemerovo Region.
There are several ‘dark spots’ in his biography as well. In the 1990s, being an investigator in the Prosecutor’s Office of the Zavodskoy District of Kemerovo, he had investigated the beating of ‘bros’ from Leninsk-Kuznetsky by troops of the Special Police Force. Gangsters from another city had arrived to the Kemerovo Cemetery № 2 for a meeting. Accidentally, the riot policemen had come at the same time to the cemetery to honor the memory of their comrades killed in Chechnya – and discovered that the monument was vandalized. After drinking 100 grams of vodka to the memory of the slain colleagues, the policemen went home and met the ‘bros’ at the exit from cemetery. The special forces operatives thought that the gangsters had vandalized the monument and have beaten them literally half to death. One of the victims had remained on life support for a long time after the incident. Mullin had no reasons to suspend this criminal case – but still archived it. Allegedly, he has done this not in solidarity with the policemen, but because he had received money for this from the both sides.
According to the CrimeRussia sources, a commission from Moscow is to be dispatched soon to perform a large-scale audit of the Investigations Directorate in the Kemerovo Region of the ICR and the MIA General Administration for the Kemerovo Region.
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