Over 30 employees questioned on bribery in Rostransnadzor
Among the interrogated are the agency staff and representatives of shipping companies.
The investigators questioned more than 30 people in one day on bribery in the Rostransnadzor (Federal Transportation Inspection Service). Among the interrogated were employees of the Administration of State Vehicular Control (ASVC) for Moscow region and representatives of commercial organizations. They are being checked for their involvement in the loud corruption case. Besides, the Federal Security Service and the Investigative Committee of Russia conducted 27 raids, including one in the ASVC. The investigators seized items and documents that are of interest to the investigation. A number of forensic examinations are going to be carried out in the near future.
Earlier, the Investigative Committee of Russia in Moscow opened criminal cases under Article Bribe-Taking (part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code) and Bribe-Giving (part 5 of Art. 291 of the Criminal Code). According to investigators, Rostransnadzor officials received bribes for protection racket of shipping companies in Moscow and Russian regions. The officials took money and promised to tell of all planned inspections and not to hold them liable for violations. The sum received by the officials totaled at least 1.15 million rubles. The amount may grow significantly as the investigation is now finding out of more similar episodes.
For example, the law enforcement officers arrested the Rostransnadzor Head Igor Surzhik and inspector of the Moscow territorial division Artem Vysotsky. Interestingly, according to the REN TV sources, Igor Surzhik had resigned from the agency two weeks before the operational activities. The Rostransnadzor officials are currently being interrogated. Surzhikov and Vysotsky are suspected of bribe taking. Offenders are going to be charged and remanded.
The investigators continue questioning the officials and taking other measures to establish all the involved in the crimes as well as other details of the criminal activity.
In exchange for 12 million rubles ($202 thousand), Kirill Tabakov has ensured the release of third persons of their right to a number of real estate units in the center of Nizhny Novgorod to be replaced by a business class hotel.
According to the defense of ICR officers Nikandrov, Maksimenko, and Lamonov, arrested on suspicion of bribery, Denis Bogorodetsky has broken the crime scheme to the prosecution. The lawyers believe that due to this, the witness turned into a suspect a year after their clients.
Father of the former acting head of the MIA GUEBiPK (General Administration for Economic Security and Combatting the Corruption) Viktor Zakharchenko, who is currently also under arrest, is the manager of the accounts in question. However, the ICR has information that the сolonel-millionaire has also had direct access to them.