Law enforcers carry out searches in high-end apartment of policemen accused of extortion of $310 thousand from businessman
Investigative activities are being carried out in 15 addresses in Moscow and Moscow region.
Law enforcers have carried out searches in apartments and houses of high-ranking policemen arrested in January on charges of extortion of a 20 million rubles ($310 thousand) bribe from an entrepreneur, reports RBC with reference to a source familiar with the investigation.
Investigative activities are being carried out in 15 addresses in Moscow and Moscow region by officers of internal affairs of Russia’s MIA with the help of officers of the Federal Security Service. The searches are being carried out, in particular, in an apartment of a former head of the 12th division of the department for economic security and anti-corruption of MIA’s central directorate in Moscow Evgeny Kashmatov and a deputy head of ‘C’ directorate Dmitry Ataev. Kashmatov supervised the fuel and energy complex and the housing and public utilities of Moscow. Ataev supervised the back end block of MIA.
In late January, Kashmatov and Ataev were arrested by Moscow’s Presnensky court in a case into extortion of a 20 million rubles ($310 thousand) bribe from a representative of a company EMK-Engineering controlled by Yury Kovalchuk’s structures.
Sources of RBC reported that the ex-policemen tried to stage termination of a criminal case against them and searched for ties within the Investigative Committee of Russia and Moscow’s city court.
REN TV reports that after the arrest, the ex-policemen tried to register their real estate in the names of other people to avoid the seizure. At the present time, it is known about a part of the real estate only: Kashmatov turned out to have 2 apartments united in one with an area of 150 square meters on Moscow’s Michurinsky prospect, and another apartment on Khoroshevskoye Highway and 2 land properties for construction in Moscow region; Ataev turned out to have an apartment in Moscow and 2 land properties in Moscow region.