Officers from Western Administrative District police department to be checked for corruption
The Investigative Committee has initiated a check.
The ICR Directorate in Moscow is checking officers of the Internal Affairs Directorate in the Western Administrative District of Moscow for involvement in corruption crimes after a Novosibirsk businessman and ex-Director of Traveler’s Coffee coffee shop chain, Evgeny Mikhienko, filed a corresponding statement. This is reported by Taiga-Info.
The publication's source noted that the check has been going on for about a month. Both officers of the MIA Internal Security Department and FSB officers take part in the activities. Some sources say the management of the police department received several bribes.
Mikhienko filed a complaint with the Prosecutor's Office about the police officers’ actions. According to him, in spring of 2017, siloviki came to Novosibirsk and carried out searches in his apartment in the case initiated under part 3 of Art. 30, part 4 of Art. 159 (Attempt at Swindling). The investigation accused the businessman with an attempt to gratuitously buy the trademark of Traveler’s Coffee Moscow LLC “by deceiving employees of Rospatent.”
“The security forces did everything to slow down or even paralyze the work of the parent organization; their actions were aimed exactly at this. Surely, they weren’t searching for a trademark under our beds,” Mikhienko on the searches.
Mikhienko believes that it was his former business partner, Anvar Piriev, who paid for the investigation against him. After a corporate conflict, he got some of the coffee shops, but the businessman did not receive a trademark. In turn, the trademark owners were represented by Mikhienko.
Allegedly, Piriev paid $300 thousand for the searches in his opponent’s house, Mikhienko’s statement with the IC said.
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