Moscow: former Sverdlovsk Region MIA deputy head palced under house arrest
The security forces officer is accused of accepting bribes from gambling business owner.
The Meshchansky District Court of Moscow placed the former deputy head of the Russian MIA for the Sverdlovsk Region, General Vladimir Romanyuk, under house arrest until December 3. The former silovik is accused of abuse of office. In particular, in receiving a bribe in the amount of 1 million rubles ($ 15,000) for the protection of a gambling business establishment.
Romanyuk was detained on October 3 and placed in Lefortovo. According to Ura.ru, the mitigation of the pre-trial restriction followed after General Romanyuk pleaded guilty. He allegedly ordered the former head of the MIA’s economic security and anti-corruption department for Yekaterinburg, Major Eduard Voronin, to return the seized gambling equipment. Voronin is also a defendant in the criminal case and is in the pre-trial detention facility as well.
Romanyuk resigned in June 2017 and returned from the Urals to Moscow, where he lived next door to mafia boss Yuri Pichugin (Pichuga). Investigators are establishing in what relations the neighbors were.
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