Ruza MIA ex-heads intimidating businessmen convicted
Head of the police department in Ruza district of the Moscow region Alexey Bobrov and Head of the Criminal Investigation Department Vasiliy Kobelev imposed a hefty tax on the suppliers of sand and gravel from the largest Oreshkinskoye deposit in the Moscow region.
The court found guilty ex-heads of the Interior Ministry department in Ruzsky district of the Moscow region Alexey Bobrov and Vasily Kobelev of extorting bribes from representatives of mining companies in the Moscow region.
The investigation and the court found that Head of the MIA in Ruza district of the Moscow region Colonel Alexey Bobrov regularly received bribes from businessmen specializing in the supply of sand and gravel from Oreshkinskoye deposit through his intermediary - head of the Criminal Investigation Department Major Vasily Kobelev. The police imposed a tribute on the trucks that left the sand and gravel quarry. According to the investigators, only from February to August 2014 Bobrov and Kobelev received a bribe amounting to 8.45 million rubles ($150.000) from businessmen. Due to an unbearable tribute they were nearly broke and applied to the Main Directorate on Internal Security of the MIA and the Investigative Committee of the Moscow Region.
In the autumn of 2014 during searches in the office of Kobelev, investigators found 3 million rubles ($53.270) in his safe, and the money packages were wrapped in the list of paid trucks. 140000 marked rubles were seized from Alexey Bobrov, they were sent through a chain of intermediaries in the operational experiment.
"The investigation of the criminal case was not easy - both officers had extensive operational experience, and out of a hundred witnesses the majority were their subordinates and did not always give full and truthful testimony. However, despite this, numerous convincing proofs of the guilt of the former officers were collected", - said Elena Fokina, the official representative of the Investigative Committee of the Moscow region.
Kobelev in his office
The court found the Colonel and the Major guilty under part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code (Bribe-Taking on an especially large scale) and under part 4 of Art. 291.1 of the Criminal Code (Mediation in Bribery on an especially large scale). Aleksey Bobrov was sentenced to 6 years in a strict-regime colony, Vasily Kobelev - to 5 years in a strict-regime colony. In addition, the former heads of the MIA were deprived of special ranks.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).