MIA General Varchuk sentenced to 6 years in strict-regime penal colony

MIA General Varchuk sentenced to 6 years in strict-regime penal colony
Vyacheslav Varchuk

His guilt in obtaining a bribe is fully proved, the judge decided.

The Moscow Garrison Military Court sentenced Lieutenant-General Vyacheslav Varchuk, who had previously held the post of Deputy Chief Commander of the Interior Troops of the Russian MIA, to six years in a strict-regime penal colony. This is reported by a correspondent of RBC from the courtroom.

“Impose punishment on Varchuk in the form of six years of imprisonment in a strict-regime penal colony,” Judge Vadim Korchagin read out. In addition, the court ordered the general to pay a fine of 20 million rubles ($ 318000). 

Varchuk was detained on March 3, 2017. He was accused of taking a bribe on an especially large scale – 10 million rubles ($ 159000). The former deputy commander-in-chief admitted his guilt.

According to the investigation, Varchuk received this bribe through an intermediary, his subordinate ex-deputy head of the finance department of the MIA Interior Troops Alexander Kostin. In turn, the later received the money in parts, from December 2015 to February 2016. As reported by Kommersant, the bribe-giver was a certain Gostev (the publication did not specify the name and position of this person), who believed that for a kickback, the communications department of the Internal Troops would receive from the ministry's financiers additional financing of 250 million rubles ($ 4 million). This department was supposed to purchase special equipment from the structure, the interests of which were Gostev represented. However, the scheme failed: the money promised from the budget has never been received, the newspaper wrote.

Kostin was also arrested and testified against his boss. According to TASS, initially, General Varchuk denied his guilt, but later, as follows from the materials of the case, admitted it, petitioned for a pre-trial agreement and even “reimbursed the damage in the criminal case.”

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