MIA Colonel Timchenko extorts bribe from Delovyie Linii for terminating case on non-payment of 1.5 billion of taxes
The Chief of the Russian MIA Internal Security in the Northwestern Federal District was detained during the transfer of the first tranche of a bribe.
The ICR Central Investigation Department in St. Petersburg provided additional details about the detention of the senior police officer of the Northern Capital.
According to the investigators, Chief of the Russian MIA Internal Security in the Northwestern Federal District Colonel Yuri Timchenko, who was detained today, had extorted a bribe from a representative of the transport company Deloviye Linii (Business Lines). Timchenko knew that the logistics company with a headquarter in St. Petersburg was in a difficult position: in the beginning of November 2016, the court seized more than 1.5 billion rubles from the company within the case of tax evasion. The case of tax evasion, for which there has not been any detentions yet, is currently being investigated by the ICR Main Investigative Directorate in St. Petersburg. The MIA Colonel, taking advantage of a good opportunity, invited the representative of company to contribute to the removal of arrest from the settlement accounts of the company and termination of the criminal case. Timchenko was offering his services to the logistics company for the "modest fee" of 100 million rubles for two months. As a result, Deloviye Linii agreed to the policeman’s offer, however, they reported the proposed transfer of money both to the payer and to law enforcement officers.
The MIA Colonel, without knowing that the investigators were already working on him, demanded to give his intermediaries 50 million rubles until December 8 and the other half was supposed to be transferred after the removal of the arrest from the company’s accounts.
So, the night before, on the territory of the underground parking of the SEC Gallery, his mediators, Konstantin Marchenkov and Sergey Zinovenko, were detained in the act. The security officers caught them while they were receiving fake funds in the amount of 50 million rubles, which in the future they were supposed to pass to Timchenko, from the representative of Deloviye Linii. Also, the MIA Colonel was detained; in his office, the security forces found 350 thousand rubles.
The investigators initiated a criminal case against Yury Timchenko under part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code (Bribe-Taking), and in respect of Konstantin Marchenkov and Sergey Zinovenko the case was initiated under part 4 of Art. 291.1 of the Criminal Code (Giving a Bribe through an intermediary). As of now, nothing is known about the place of work of the mediators.
At present, the issue of the arrest of the suspects and the charges against them is addressed.
As the official representative of the MIA Irina Volk reported to RIA Novosti, the incident became a pretext to conduct official checks. The employees of the MIA Internal Security Chief Directorate and the FSB M Department have already gone to St. Petersburg from Moscow, in order to carefully examine the circumstances that led to Timchenko’s detention.
With regard to Deloviye Linii, in early November, the court seized 1.59 billion rubles within the case of tax evasion. As reported by the ICR, "unidentified persons acting on behalf of the transport company" falsified information in the VAT returns. According to the investigators, the company tried to thereby obtain the right to tax deductions worth more than 500 million rubles, as well as reduce the taxable base of more than 2.8 billion rubles. In the present case, there have not yet been any arrests, the investigators establish those involved in the commission of crimes.
Video: the Main Investigative Department shows Colonel Timchenko’s bag with 50 millions