MIA Directorate in Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District exposes bribe-taking traffic cops

MIA Directorate in Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District exposes bribe-taking traffic cops
Major General Vasily Romanitsa

Head of MIA Directorate in Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District Vasily Romanitsa has commented on a corruption scandal that struck the district traffic police and resulted in five traffic cops being arrested.

During a District Duma meeting, Major General Vasily Romanitsa gave details of the corruption scandal and traffic cops’ arrest following deputy Andrey Milyaev’s request to do so, according to Znak.

The Internal Affairs Department had been monitoring the arrested traffic cops for at least half a year, according to Romanitsa.

“Latest arrests – including arrests of police officers – of offenders, or dare I say criminals – although it is up to the court to decide – were made thanks to the MIA Directorate in Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District and Internal Affairs Department. No other agency participated in the operation. Unfortunately, we cannot comment on certain topics,” – Romanitsa noted.

The scandal was reported on February 20. Ural media reported on the Internal Affairs Department exposing several traffic cops who had extorted money from entrepreneurs running freight businesses.

The Russian MIA Directorate in Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District and ICR reported on the issue the same day. They reported that 11 suspects have been arrested, including 5 police officers. The officers were accused of violation of Art. 290, parts 3 and 5 (Bribe-Taking) of the Russian Criminal Code.

Between 2016 and 2017, self-employed individuals used middlemen to pay officials more than 1 million rubles ($17,600) to ensure they did not encounter problems when transporting cargo, according to investigators. 4 officers have been arrested; the 5th has been imposed travel restrictions on. 6 civilians were arrested, too. They participated in the illegal activities, the investigators believe.

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