Samara: former FSB colonel lieutenant sentenced to 5 years for bribe

Samara: former FSB colonel lieutenant sentenced to 5 years for bribe

April 13, the Samara Garrison Court sentenced former FSB Lieutenant Colonel Aleksandr Molchanov, who had held the post of chief of direction No. 7 of the FSB Economic Security Service in the Samara region until his detention in February 2017.

The officer was found guilty of bribe-taking on an especially large scale and attempt at swindling. The defense sought Molchanov’s acquittal, and the prosecutor asked 6 years in a colony for him. However, the court decided otherwise; the ex-lieutenant colonel will spend the next five years in a general regime colony. In addition, he will have to pay a fine of 350 thousand rubles ($5,643).

According to the investigation, from July 2014 to September 2016, Aleksandr Molchanov monthly received 50 thousand rubles ($806) for protecting an illegal parking lot. He would pick up right outside the FSB Directorate’s building, Komsomolskaya Pravda reports.

In addition, the former lieutenant colonel was charged with 6-million-ruble ($96,738) extortion for assisting in solving problems with the police. However, according to the investigation, the lieutenant colonel was actually not in the position to influence the situation; no corruption was detected in his actions.

Aleksandr Molchanov was detained in early 2017. The grounds for his arrest was the testimony of his former subordinate, FSB Major Roman Samokhin, who had also recently received a 2.5-year sentence for swindling and attempted swindling on a large scale.

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