Putin certainly knows about investigation of General Lopyrev’s case
The Kremlin has guardedly told about the reasons why security services detained the Head of the Federal Guard Service (FSO) in the Caucasus.
An internal check in FSO is the reason Lieutenant-General Gennady Lopyrev has been arrested and is being investigated. This was reported by the President's press secretary Dmitry Peskov. However, he was unable to disclose any details citing the secrecy of the investigation.
"As the investigation is carried out by the Investigative Committee, I cannot say anything right now," Peskov explained. He noted that Putin "certainly" receives reports about the investigation.
Today, the defense appealed Lopyrev’s his house arrest, his lawyer Ruslan Zakalyuzhny told Interfax. On the night of November 26, the 4th garrison military court in Moscow chose a measure of restraint for Lopyrev in the form of house arrest for two months.
As previously reported by the CrimeRussia, Head of the FSO department in North Caucasus Gennady Lopyrev was arrested on November 25 in his office in Sochi. During a search of his apartment, FSB officers seized cash totaling 1 billion rubles.
According to the ICR, a criminal case has been initiated against Lopyrev on suspicion of taking bribes on a large scale under part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code. He faces an imprisonment term of up to 15 years with a fine up to 70 times the amount of the bribe.
The FSO itself provided reserve response to the situation. According to the FSO Center for Public Relations and Media, Lopyrev was arrested on suspicion of serious violations of law found via interdepartmental test in the Caucasus. Later it became known that such checks against senior FSO members are initiated by new head of the institute Dmitry Kochnev, who took the office this May after Yevgeny Murov had retired.
Investigators believe that Lopyrev received bribes from the heads of several commercial structures for the overall protection during the conclusion and execution of public procurement for construction works. The General has already been charged.
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