Sugrobov’s subordinate handed a term for staging bribery at legal sale of Olympics tickets
The siloviki conducted an operational experiment in relation to sports organization men who were engaged in the legal sale of VIP tickets for hockey.
The Moscow City Court found former operative of the Main Directorate for Economic Safety and Counteracting Corruption (GUEBiPK) Oleg Girin guilty of Exceeding Official Powers (item (c), part 3 of Art. 286 of the Criminal Code). He was sentenced to four years in a general regime colony. As reported by Kommersant, on the eve of the Sochi Olympics policemen were monitoring various officials who were ostensibly involved in corrupt activities. In February 2013, agent of GUEBiPK Vladimir Butarov connected Girin with Egor Petukhovsky, who created the site for Sports System LLC. This company sold tickets to the VIP box for a hockey tournament in the Ice Palace Bolshoi. Having acquainted with the heads of Sports System Evgeny Khamatov and Andrey Kananin, the operative offered to buy from them one of the boxes for more than 100 seats for all the hockey matches. When in one of the bank branches Girin passed 10 million rubles ($156.3 thousand) and false 350 million ($5.4 m), the entrepreneurs were detained. Igor Stolyarov, Vice-President for Marketing, Commerce and Communications of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, also fell under arrest.
On December 17, 2013, the Main Investigative Directorate (MID) of the Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) for Moscow instituted criminal proceedings against the detainees under part 3 of Art. 30 and item (c), part 4 of Art. 204 of the Criminal Code (Attempted Commercial Bribery). It was not possible to find out the exact fault of the ticket sellers. The company was engaged in commercial activities legally. All information was posted on the site.
Already in February 2014, a purge of GUEBiPK, headed by General Denis Sugrobov and his Deputy Boris Kolesnikov, launched. Almost all bribery cases initiated by employees of this unit began to be reviewed. Soon all the detained sports functionaries were released with the right to rehabilitation, and the prosecutor apologized to them.
On February 14, 2014, the ICR MID filed a criminal case against a number of employees of the GUEBiPK of the Ministry of the Interior of the Russian Federation, including the Head of the Directorate, General Denis Sugrobov. The police were accused of provoking a bribe in relation to civil servants and exceeding their official powers for the sake of increasing disclosure performance. For 2013 GUEBiPK initiated more than 4000 criminal cases on bribe-giving, 3212 people were brought to criminal responsibility. In April 2017, MIA General Denis Sugrobov was sent to the colony for 22 years for 14 counts of abuse of office. The rest of the gang members received from 17 to 20 years. Despite this, as early as December 2017, all former siloviki’s terms were unprecedentedly reduced by the decision of the Supreme Court. Sugrobov was given 12 years, and his subordinates - from 9.5 to 10 years.
It turned out that Girin instructed to conduct an operative experiment without sufficient grounds. As follows from the court's decision, the operative acted out of "self-interest, and also wanting to increase the quantitative indicators of his work". The state prosecutor asked for the 37-year-old operative 4 years in a general-regime colony with the deprivation of the right to hold office in law enforcement agencies for another 2 years. It was this sentence that the court passed.
Agent Vladimir Butarov managed to flee for Latvia, but in the spring of 2016 he was rounded up. However, the issue of extradition has not yet been resolved. All the time, while the investigation was underway, Oleg Girin was under a written undertaking not to leave the place. After the announcement of the verdict (the case was heard in a camera) he was taken into custody at the courtroom.
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