Saratov businessman convicted for bribing FSB officer
The defendant was found guilty of attempted bribe-giving of $ 77.000.
A court in Saratov sentenced businessman Roman Kovsh, 49, to eight years in a strict regime penal colony for attempting to give a bribe of 5 million rubles ($ 77.000) to a regional FSB Directorate’s officer (para. 3 of Article 30 and para. 5 of Article 291 CCRF). The entrepreneur hoped that the security official would put pressure on the management of Saratovgas, from which he wanted to get permission to relocate an underground gas pipeline to reorganize a market into a shopping center, the regional ICR’s Directorate reports.
As the investigation established, on January 17, 2018, Kovsh handed over to the officer the first part of a bribe of one million rubles through an intermediary, after which the investigators detained him and the intermediary. The court imposed a security arrest on Kovsh’s 900.000 rubles ($ 14.000) and $ 500.000.
General’s son Mikhail Sal’nikov, Professor of the Department of Theory of Government and Law at the St. Petersburg University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of the Russian Federation, has been detained for real estate fraud. Amid other corruption crimes hitting the headlines, this offense does not seem a high-profile one. But the point is that this is not the first criminal case instituted against professor Sal’nikov, and he is not the only relative of MIA general Viktor Sal’nikov having problems with the law.