MIA General Varchuk admits taking $171.600 bribe

MIA General Varchuk admits taking $171.600 bribe
Vyacheslav Varchuk

The officer is in the pre-trial detention center. His defense asks for a softer measure of restraint.⁠

Former Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Internal Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia (now Rosgvardia) General Vyacheslav Varchuk admitted guilt of taking a bribe of 10 million rubles ($171.600). This became known at a hearing of the Moscow District Military Court, where the appeal of Varchuk's defense is being considered. Lawyers ask a softer measure of restraint for their client.

"During the interrogation, Varchuk pleaded guilty, gave confessions," the judge read the case materials.

It became known that the General wants to conclude a deal with the investigation. At the moment, his request is sent to the Prosecutor, but has not been approved yet.

Defense of the accused made a request to release him on bail of 20 million rubles ($340.000) or change the measure of restraint for house arrest.

The lawyer of the General also stated that he completely reimbursed the damage.

"All the damage that was caused by our client has been repaid. The corresponding funds were paid to the cashier of the financial institution," explained the lawyer.

As previously reported by the CrimeRussia, the General was arrested for a 10-million-ruble ($171.600) kickback for assistance in raising funding for a department. Varchuk, who was responsible for the distribution of financial flows in the MIA Internal Troops, tried to get the bribe through his deputy, Colonel Aleksandr Kostin. According to the case file, starting from late 2015 Kostin negotiated with officer Aleksandr Gostev a possible allocation of funds to the Office of Communications. In return for the 10-million-ruble bribe, the suspect promised his colleagues 250 million ruble ($4.2m) more in addition to the funds already received from the budget. The Military Investigation Department 51 of the Investigative Committee of Russia believes that Gostev, who was a witness in the case, would pass the bribe to Kostin in parts between December 2015 and February 2016. According to Life, the colonel gave the money to his superiors, Varchuk among others. According to information available, Aleksandr Gostev was the one who gave the whole scheme away after he did not receive the additional funding for his department. The investigation does not rule out that the accused persons could act as a group of individuals whose identities have not been established yet. Varchuk and Kostin have been put in custody pending trial.

It is worth mentioning that in 2013 Varchuk was listed in Forbes rating of "Russia's 20 richest law enforcement officials". Occupying the post of Deputy Commander-In-Chief of the MIA Internal Troops on financial and economic work and Head of the financial department of the Main Command of the MIA Internal Troops, Lieutenant-General earned 4.815 million rubles ($82 thousand) in 2012. His wife enjoyed the income of 38.902 million rubles ($669 thousand), the sources of which remain unknown. Then it became known that the General owns a 3-room apartment and a Lexus 570 car, and his wife - a countryside house, land and 2009 Land Rover Discovery. In 2015 Varchuk's personal income doubled. 

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