MIA colonel sentenced to 5 years for $1.5mn bribe gets released on parole

MIA colonel sentenced to 5 years for $1.5mn bribe gets released on parole
Yury Timchenko

Yury Timchenko was released from a colony in Nizhny Tagil, where he had served his term, in early June.

Former Head of the Internal Security Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in St. Petersburg, Yury Timchenko, who was sentenced to five years in a fraud case, has been released on parole, Interfax reports citing the press service of the Main Directorate of the Federal Penitentiary Service in the Sverdlovsk region.

Timchenko served his term in Nizhny Tagil. He was released in early July.

The ex-head of the Internal Security Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in St. Petersburg was arrested in December 2016. In December 2018, he was sentenced to 5 years' imprisonment and a fine of 400 thousand rubles ($6,016) on charges of Attempt at Swindling on an Especially Large Scale (part 3 of Art. 30, part 4 of Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code).

According to the investigation, the policeman demanded a bribe of 100 million rubles ($1.5 million) for the termination of a criminal case of non-payment of taxes worth 1 billion rubles ($15 million) in respect of the company Delovye Linii (‘Business Lines’). The investigation also believes that he promised to lift an attachment of the company's accounts, where 1.5 billion rubles ($22.5 million) were located.

Mediators Konstantin Marchenkov and Sergey Zinovnko were to transfer the bribes to the former police officer. After transferring 50 million rubles, all three were detained. Marchenko got five years’ suspended sentence. Director of the Law Legal Service Delovye Linii Zinovenko got four years.

It was reported that in the Timchenko case, there was also an episode with the receipt of 4 million rubles ($60 million). According to the prosecution, for this money, the ex-colonel provided Delovye Linii with information on the progress of the investigation and planned activities.

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