Saratov: four policemen accused of bribe extortion under threat of planting drugs

Saratov: four policemen accused of bribe extortion under threat of planting drugs

Three law enforcers demanded 100 thousand rubles ($1,580) from two women, in whose car narcotic agents were allegedly found.

After stopping a car with two women for an ID check, the Saratov police officers demanded 100,000 rubles from them for failing to report on the illegal storage of narcotic drugs, which had been allegedly found in their car, Sarinform reports. The incident took place on April 21, 2018.

Fearing ungrounded criminal prosecution, the victims gave the police officers part of the bribe in the amount of 24,000 rubles ($380), and agreed to transfer the remaining amount in a few days.

The women filed a complaint with the Operations and Search Division of the MIA Internal Security Directorate in the Saratov region, and then operational activities were planned together with the FSB regional office. The mediator was detained when transferring the remaining money under the control of FSB operatives.

As a result, the ICR Investigation Directorate in Saratov initiated a criminal case under item ‘a’ and ‘b’ part 5 of Art. 290 of the Russian Criminal Code (Bribe extortion by a group of persons by prior conspiracy) against the MIA road police patrol service inspector and two district police commissioners from the police station No. 7. A criminal case under part 2 of Art. 291.1 (Mediation in bribery) was initiated against another road police patrol service officer of the MIA Volga Linear Department for Transport.

According to the press service of the MIA Main Directorate in the Saratov region, one of the extortionists – Platoon 4 Section Commander of the road police patrol service of the MIA Volga Linear Department for Transport – managed to quit his job after the incident; an official check is being carried out in respect of the rest. If their guilt is proven, they will be dismissed from the internal affairs agencies for negative reasons.

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