Rosgranitsa ex-Head’s case over embezzlement of 500 mln rubles returned to Prosecutor

Rosgranitsa ex-Head’s case over embezzlement of 500 mln rubles returned to Prosecutor
Former Head of the Rosgranitsa Dmitry Bezdelov

The Court has extended Dmitry Bezdelov’s term of arrest until May 5, 2017.

The Meshchansky Court of Moscow returned the case of the former Head of the State Border Federal Agency (Rosgranitsa) Dmitry Bezdelov, who is accused of organizing theft of 490 million rubles, to the prosecutor’s office.

Hearing of the case was held in closed session, which was a request of the defense. According to the lawyers, the  request was made in order to consolidate the case of ex-Head of the Rosgranitsa with criminal cases against other defendants of the case. According to the defense, the Prosecutor opposed the return of the case, noting that it should be considered in a form approved by the Deputy Prosecutor General Viktor Grin.

In addition, during the closed preliminary hearing of the case, the court extended Bezdelov’s term of arrest until May 5, 2017.

To remind: Dmitry Bezdelov is charged with Creation of a Criminal Community (part 3 of Art. 210 of the Criminal Code) and Swindling (part 4 Art. 159 of the Criminal Code).

According to the Prosecutor General's Office, in the summer of 2009, the ex-Head of the Rosgranitsa enterd into a criminal conspiracy with a number of individuals to steal money allocated for construction of the railway crossing point Adler. Along with Bezdelov, defendants in the case are Bezdelov’s Deputy Boris Khaytovich, Head of the Federal State Institution Directorate for construction and operation of the Rosgranitsa facilities Oleg Senkevich, Head of the infrastructure facilities of the state border and the Rosgranitsa administration crossing points Danila Vavilov, Deputy Head of the State-owned Federal State Institution Rosgranstroy Sergey Kozlenkov and Director of the consulting group Tsenny Sovet (Valuable advice) Evgeny Chaika. According to investigators, in the period from 2009 to 2013, the criminal community managed to steal more than 490 million rubles.

Recall that after his dismissal from the post of the Head of Rosgranitsa, Bezdelov left to Italy. In 2014, he was arrested in absentia by the Tver Court of Moscow and was put on the international wanted list. In April 2016, Bezdelov was delivered to Russia by Italian authorities and taken to Moscow by the Federal Penitentiary Service officers and the Russian Interpol bureau.

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