Leningrad region: Two ex-policemen sentenced to $25thsd fine for extortion and bribery
Two former police officers from Vsevolzhsk have been found guilty of bribe-taking.
In the Leningrad region, the court has found two former police officers guilty of abuse of office (part 1 of Art. 286), extortion, and bribe-taking (item a and b part 5 of Art. 290 of the Russian Criminal Code).
During the investigation and subsequent legal proceedings, experts found that September 22 last year, the two officers of the military authorities police company in the Vsevolozhsky district, Leningrad region, were performing their duties. They stopped a car on Koltushskoe highway in Vsevolzhsk; there was a drunken man behind the wheel, so they demanded that he pay 25 thousand rubles ($424). In case of refusal, they threatened that they would bring him to account for drunk driving.
Since the driver did not have the required amount of money in cash, the police officers offered him to meet them on September 25, 2016 to transfer the money. The man came to the meeting with the extortionists and said that he had been unable to collect the required amount. Then, to make their intentions clear, they took away his car, saying that they would return the car after he gave them money.
Two days later, on September 27, they met again; this time, the man gave policemen 24 thousand rubles ($407). After this bribe-takers were detained by law enforcers. Later, both of them were dismissed from the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
The court has found the evidence presented in the case sufficient and found both ex-policemen guilty. They have been sentenced to fines of 1.5 million rubles ($25 thousand).
Last week the whole country celebrated a landmark date - 99 years since the day of the transport police formation. However, the North-West Internal Affairs Directorate on transport was upset. Recently, the department came in sight of public due to scandals: drug trafficking, kidnapping, extortion, public fights.