Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Dept officers prosecute innocent people to meet quota, face trial
General Administration B Department 25th Division deputy head Alexander Sobol and General Administration B Department 25th Division senior investigators Sergey Abramov will face trial. The officers aided by a criminal illegally prosecuted two people for allegedly attempting to sell United Russia High Council seats for $1.2 million, according to investigators.
The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office approved an indictment and sent the case to court. The two officers are accused of falsification of evidence to prosecute two people who spent a lot of time in prison as a result.
The officers will face trial in the Meshchansky district Court (Moscow), according to TASS. The same court had convicted Vadim Alferov, the criminal, of helping the officers, and gave him a 2.5-year custodial sentence.
Colonel Sobol and his subordinate are accused of malfeasance, namely of provocation and falsification of evidence, the Office stated. They were charged with violation of part 3 of Article 286 (Exceeding Official Powers) of the Russian Criminal Code.
Former Zemlyane band director Sergey Cherenkov and his acquaintance Sergey Pokhilyuk were illegally prosecuted based on the falsified evidence in 2014, according to the investigators. In September 2013, the officers accused the two of attempting to sell a United Russia High Council seat for $1.2 million through Alferov. However, the two were not able to follow through on their promise and were going to steal the money, the investigators claimed. The Presnensky District Court convicted them in September 2014. They spent a lot of time in prison. However, the Moscow City Court canceled the decision and ordered a reinvestigation.
Pokhilyuk and Cherenkov were freed. The investigation against them was stopped due to lack of crime in November 2017.