Сommander of Sochi Road Patrol Service regiment removed from office for taking bribes

Сommander of Sochi Road Patrol Service regiment removed from office for taking bribes
The Сommander of the Road Patrol Service regiment of the Traffic Police in the city of Sochi Andrey Gerashchenko

In March 2016 Andrey Gerashchenko was detained on suspicion of taking bribes, but the Prosecutor's Office did not find evidence and the officer was released.

The Kuban police authorities suspended from duty the Сommander of the Road Patrol Service regiment of the Traffic Police in the city of Sochi Andrey Gerashchenko

In connection with the check, local newspaper Yugopolis, referring to the press service of the State Ministry of Interior in the Krasnodar Region, reported that the check is related to the suspicion of Gerashchenko in bribery.

In March, the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case on the transfer of a large bribe through an intermediary to senior staff of the Department of the Traffic Police in Sochi. On suspicion of committing a crime under part 3 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code the Commander of the Road Patrol Service regiment of the Traffic Police of the Internal Affairs in Sochi, the Police Lieutenant Colonel Andrey Gerashchenko was arrested. Allegedly, he demanded through an intermediary - the businessman Alexander Danyluk - a bribe of 500 thousand rubles from the director of the company, engaged in the evacuation of vehicles. With relation to this case it was opened a criminal case on item (b), part 3 of Article 291.1 of the Criminal Code (Mediation in Bribery) and part 3 of Article 30, item (c), part 5 of Article 290 of the Criminal Code (Attempt Bribe-Taking).

Soon, in this case there was mantioned a specific name of the senior official of the Traffic Police Department. It was Andrey Gerashchenko. However, during the hearing on applying a measure of restraint, the Prosecutor said there was no evidence "confirming the validity of the suspicion of Gerashchenko involvement in the crime". The Lieutenant Colonel was released and on the same day he urgently went to the hospital.

Later, the REN TV journalists met with an unnamed employee of the local Traffic Police, who said that the Commander of the Road Patrol Service regiment was ratted by his former colleague - some Vagharshak Grigoryan (the Acting Head of the Sochi Traffic Police Department) because of the animosity between the police clans. However, an anonymous police officer did not deny that local traffic policemen do take bribes.

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