Rashid Ankosi, investigator for cases of special importance, sentenced to 7 years in penal colony
The Moscow military garrison court has drawn a line in the case of an investigator for cases of special importance and a Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) operative who were taking bribes from a businessman for initiation of criminal cases.
The Moscow military garrison court has sentenced Rashid Ankosi, the former Deputy Head of the Department for Cases of Special Importance of the Moscow Main Investigations Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation (ICR), and his accomplice Sergey Yurchevsky, former major of the FSB, to 7 years behind bars and fines of 1 million rubles for each. Both law enforcement officers were involved into bribery on an especially large scale. According to the investigation, Rashid Ankosi was extorting a bribe of 2 million dollars for initiation of criminal cases, while the FSB officer acted as an intermediary.
Due to unknown reasons, the sentencing was adjourned to the evening, but there were no doubts in a guilty verdict: both defendants have admitted their guilt during the debates. The punishment, however, was in question. Initially the state prosecution asked for more severe sentences: 10 and 9 years behind bars for the ICR investigator and FSB officer respectively and fines of 70 times the amount of the bribe – which would be some 2.1 billion rubles – for each. But judge Aleksey Derepko has taken into consideration defense arguments and re-categorized the charges from Extortion of a bribe and Mediation in bribery effected on an especially large scale (part 6 of Article 290 and part 4 of Article 291.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation respectively) to Swindling committed by an organized group or on an especially large scale (part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The final sentence was: 7 years behind bars and fines of 1 million rubles for each. In addition, Rashid Ankosi and Sergey Yurchevsky were deprived of their ranks (colonel of justice and major of the reserve respectively).
The attorney for Yurchevsky noted that he is satisfied with the court proceedings and intends to appeal the sentence itself. Attorneys for Ankosi abstained from any comments.
The criminal case against two law enforcement officers was initiated following an application submitted to the FSB by Vladimir Stratii, former military general and currently a prominent businessman. The former officer told that he met Ankosi in the end of 2012. Ankosi, through the intermediary of Yurchevsky, agreed to initiate, in exchange for a bribe, criminal cases due to forging of some documents allegedly required to seize SKIF and EXPO Service companies belonging to Vladimir Stratii. After the first transfer – 30 million rubles – the criminal cases have been initiated, but then the investigation was put on hold. A year later the businessman addressed the Directorate of Internal Security of FSB, which has staged a special operation. In the framework of this special operation, the businessman has recorded a conversation with the corrupt officers about the second ‘bribering’, which was later used as the main evidence in court.
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A spokesperson of the Prosecutor's office said that the ECHR had not studied all the materials of the criminal case, so they were offered not to overturn the verdict, but to send the case for a new review in court.