St. Petersburg operative promised to simplify fate of carjackers for bribe
Security forces officers decided to visit the Head of the special investigative techniques department №5 with searches.
Representatives of the Investigative Committee and the FSB came to the Head of the special investigative techniques department №5 (responsible for organized crime) in St. Petersburg, Colonel Sergey Uvarov. The night before, on March 14, at about 9 p.m. FSB officers searched the Uvarov office on Rimsky-Korsakov Avenue. The special service descended upon the Colonel on the case of his subordinate's million-dollar bribe.
As reported by Fontanka, on the same day several hours earlier security officials detained 32-year-old Police Major Anton Stugurev, the senior security officer for priority cases of the 16th division of the special investigative techniques department №5. Stutarev was detained on Solidarnosti Avenue in the Nevsky district after the Major received the first tranche of bribes in one million rubles ($17.000). According to investigators, the policeman, who is fighting against organized crime, decided to ease the fate of the arrested members of the carjacking band. The Investigation Committee of the Krasnoselsky District attracted 5 people to criminal liability for Theft of vehicles and construction equipment (Article 158 of the Criminal Code) in early March. The case is being conducted by the ICR, but Stugarev was entrusted as operational supporter. The senior operative promised to facilitate two carjackers fate during the investigation and influence the verdict of the court, which may end on a suspended sentence. For his services the Police Major asked for 1.5 million rubles ($25.400). Stugarev told offenders that the guarantor of fulfilling his promises became his boss, Colonel of Police Sergey Uvarov. Fontanka's sources in the law enforcement agencies believe that security forces officers decided to visit the Head of the special investigative techniques department №5 with searches. Asked whether Uvarov is suspected of a criminal case of his subordinate, the interlocuters responded evasively to the journalist: "He is surmised".
For several days now, the minds of the public in St. Petersburg are occupied with one piece of news – Lieutenant-General Umnov, head of the Main Directorate of the MIA for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, leaves his post and sets off for a promotion to Moscow. Sergey Umnov is allegedly designated for the position of deputy minister of the MIA Vladimir Kolokoltsev. However, on the sidelines of the ministry they expect not a promotion for the Petersburg general, but an honorable resignation with the consequent loss of political weight.