Moscow Forestry Committee official caught taking a bribe of $72.000
An assistant forester and his accomplice took money from a businessman, in return promising him a land plot that he could rent for recreational purposes.
Police detained the assistant to the local forest ranger of the Moscow Forestry Committee and his accomplice in the village of Putilkovo on suspicion of bribery.
The Department of Economic Safety and Counteracting Corruption of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Krasnogorsk district has detained the suspects while they were discussing their criminal plan in a car parked outside the Forestry Committee building. 72 thousand US dollars were found in a bag of one of the detainees. Some of the money turned out to be fake.
According to the investigation, the accused got the bribe from the entrepreneur, who wanted to lease two forest sites of about 1 hectare in total in the Krasnogorsk district for recreational purposes. The assistant to the local forester, 52, and his accomplice, 58, promised they would help the entrepreneur to get the plots. The suspects asked for $180.000 that they subsequently had to pass on to the officials of the Forestry Committee, whose identities still have to be found out.
Russian Investigative Committee for the Moscow region opened a criminal case against the detainees under part 5 of Art. 291.1 of the Criminal Code (Mediation in Bribery). During the interrogation, the detainees gave a full confession. They have already been sentenced to a ban from leaving the place.