Siloviki from Moscow police head office accused of taking $207.5 thousand worth of bribes

Siloviki from Moscow police head office accused of taking $207.5 thousand worth of bribes
The siloviki decided to ‘earn' on the laying of cables in the central office of the Moscow MIA at Petrovka, 38

This amount was received by Colonels Dmitry Koshelev and Alexander Emets from a subcontractor for signing acts on the acceptance of works on the laying of cables in the building of the Main Directorate of Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) in Moscow.

The Moscow City Court found it lawful to extend the measure of restraint to the former Deputy Head of the logistics support department of the MIA Main Directorate in Moscow, Colonel Alexander Emets, Kommersant reports. The Investigative Committee accuses Emets and his colleague Colonel Dmitry Koshelev of taking bribes worth 12 million rubles ($207.5 thousand) for signing acts on the acceptance of works on laying cables in the building of the Moscow MIA central office at Petrovka 38.

According to the investigation, the bribe-giver was director general of the subcontractor company Maestro Group Boris Baychorov, who is a witness in the case. It is noteworthy that later some of the money was returned to him to speed up work at other facilities of the Moscow police.

According to sources close to the investigation, the criminal case on corruption in the logistics support department of the Moscow MIA was initiated in autumn 2017. The basis for this was the results of the audit, conducted by the department of internal security of the capital police. Suspicions were caused by a contract, which the Center for Information Technology, Communications and Information Protection of the Moscow MIA Main Directorate concluded in 2013 with company Spetspromtekhnologii. For 60 million rubles ($1m), the firm was supposed to "ensure the construction of structured cabling systems (SCS)" on the second floor of the Moscow police central office for "deploying software and hardware systems, computing and information resources, providing government services and connecting to the corporate telephone network".

At the time, the Head of the Center was Koshelev, and one of his Deputies was Emets. According to the investigation, they decided to profit from the contract even a few months before concluding it. Negotiations with the potential bribe-giver, whom became director general of Maestro Group Boris Baychorov, were held by Emets. Later, the Colonel received 6 million rubles ($103.8 thousand), which he "managed at his own discretion." Another 6 million rubles ($103.8 thousand) Emets gave his boss Koshelev. For this money, the bribe-takers promised Spetspromtekhnologii and Maestro Group to patronize them, not make claims to them and sign a fictitious act on the acceptance of works, which in fact were not completed.

It is noted that similar works on laying cables were planned to be carried out at other facilities of the Moscow police. When it became known that the works at Petrovka, 38 were not properly executed, Koshelev allegedly returned Baychorov 2 million rubles ($34.6 thousand) and demanded that they be completed urgently.

The director general of Maestro Group is on trial as a witness. It is reported that he provided investigators with his phone, in which correspondence with the accused remained. The investigators intends to conduct a linguistic examination of these conversations. Moreover, construction and technical expertise of the facilities, which became the subject of the suspicious contract, will be carried out.

Dmitry Koshelev is charged with Bribe-Taking on an especially large scale (part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code). Alexander Emets is accused of Mediation in Bribery effected on an especially large scale (part 4 of Art. 291.1 of the Criminal Code). Sources say that Koshelev agreed to cooperate with the investigation, gave confessions and unmasked Emets. As a result, Koshelev was placed under house arrest, and Emets, who acted only as an intermediary, went to the pretrial detention center.

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