Police General Nazarov goes on trial for fraud by 13 million rubles
The professor of the Moscow University of the MIA promised entrepreneurs to settle a criminal case for tax evasion. Valery Nazarov is also accused of illegal purchase and possession of ammunition.
The Moscow Prosecutor's Office confirmed the indictment in the criminal case against professor of constitutional and municipal law at Moscow University of Interior Ministry n.a. Kikot Police Major General Valery Nazarov and Lt. Col. Evgeny Astapov, who recently headed the service of rear service of department buildings. Together with them in the case it is featured 35-year-old businesswoman Eleanora Iremashvili.
Senior police officers are charged under part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (Swindling committed by a group of persons by prior conspiracy on an especially large scale). Gen. Nazarov will also be judged under part 1 of Art. 222 of the Criminal Code (Illegal Acquisition and Storage of Ammunition).
According to the materials of the criminal case, in autumn of 2015, Lt. Col. Astapov learned from the woman entrepreneur that she was under investigation in the criminal case under item (b), part 2 of Art. 199 Criminal Code (Tax Evasion with the organization on an especially large scale). Having entered into a criminal conspiracy with Nazarov and Iremashvili, the attackers told potential victim false information about the alleged planned increase to 25 million rubles of the amount of tax arrears and penalties related to her company. Then they convinced her that they would be able to resolve the problem through personal contacts in the Interior Ministry, the Prosecutor's Office and the Federal Tax Service, denoting the amount of bribes to officials in 13 million rubles.
In December 2015, the entrepreneur gave them 10 million rubles in several parts, but the termination of criminal prosecution did not happen - the woman was soon charged. After that she appealed to the police as a victim.
According to the prosecution, the case against intruders was removed to the court, Nazarov and Iremashvili are placed into the custody. Taking into account the recognition of guilt in full the court chose a preventive measure of recognizance not to leave to Astapov.
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