Shestun wrote statement of extortion against FSB officer
The Main Military Investigation Department is conducting an inspection, which has been lasting for more than 60 days.
Alexander Shestun, the former Head of the Serpukhov district arrested on charges of fraud, money laundering and illegal business activities, wrote a statement to the Investigative Committee about extortion by the Head of FSB's K Directorate Ivan Tkachev, RBC reports. The Main Military Investigation Department is conducting an inspection into this fact.
According to the Head of the Freedom to Shestun Committee, Vlada Rusina, Shestun’s statement features “the names, places, and amounts.” Rusina refused to present the text of the statement since "the verification of the facts indicated in it is still underway."
Rusina said Shestun wrote the statement on March 5, 2019. The period of the pre-investigation check was extended to 60 days. According to her, the Main Military Investigation Department forwarded the complaint of the Serpukhov district ex-Had to a lower instance.
According to Rusina, military investigators considered Shestun’s statement not a report on crime, which, according to Art. 144 and 145 of the Criminal Procedure Code, should be considered for ten days, but a simple appeal of a citizen. Due to this, the pre-investigation check has been lasting for more than 60 days already, and no action has yet been taken.
In June 2018, Alexander Shestun was arrested on charges of fraud, money laundering, and illegal business activities. The prosecutor's office found that Shestun has 676 property objects in the Serpukhov district, registered with the legal entities under his control and nominal directors of these companies, as well as two recreation facilities with a total cost of 274 million rubles ($4.2 m) and 22 cars worth about 27 million rubles ($418.3 thousand). In total, his property was estimated at 10 billion rubles ($155 m).
On February 2019, the former Head of the Serpukhov district was charged with Bribe-Taking for 9.9 million rubles ($153 thousand) (part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
Shortly before the detention, the official recorded a video appeal to the President of the Russian Federation, in which he accused FSB General Ivan Tkachev and the Head of the Internal Policy Department of the Presidential Administration Andrey Yarin of threats. According to him, they demanded that he leave his post.
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