Suspects in Rosavtodor bribetaking case detained
One of the main suspects in the case of corruption and bribetaking in the Federal Road Agency (Rosavtodor) of the Russian Ministry of Transport has been detained. He turned out to be 39-year-old Timofey Meshcheryakov, deputy head of land and property relations of the Federal Road Agency (Rosavtodor). The issues of his arrest and the official charges against him are currently being addressed.
On June 28, the names of the Rosavtodor chiefs, who had been subject to inspection by the security forces, were disclosed. One of them turned out to be the deputy chief of land and property relations department of the Federal Road Agency, 39-year-old Timofey Meshcheryakov. He got his job only a few weeks ago.
As stated in the materials of the criminal case, in May 2013, while serving as Head of the Department for Property Relations of Sevzapupravtodor Federal State Institution, Meshcheryakov received three keycards from three companies "for fee-based services for drawing up invoices on petroleum products, and goods and services sold through a retail net."
The investigators claim that the suspect received "rewards" from these companies on the keycards in the period from August 2014 to May 2016. In return, he assisted in concluding, implementing and accepting the works performed under the signed contracts. The total amount of bribe is estimated at 730 thousand rubles.
Meshcheryakov was arrested in Moscow, and the issue of his transfer to St. Petersburg is currently being addressed, the Fontanka online newspaper reported. There the suspect will be prosecuted.
Fontanka also noted that the second defendant in this criminal case is a 36-year-old head of the department for property relations at Sevzapavtodor, Vladimir Chernukha. Merely a few weeks ago, he replaced Meshcheryakov in this position. Before that, Chernukha headed the department for development of service area facilities and infrastructure.
As the CrimeRussia reported, full-scale raids were initiated on April 28 at the Rosavtodor's office in St. Petersburg on Syezzhinskaya Street, in Peterhof (weher Meshcheryakov and Chernukha live), and in Moscow. They were carried out as part of the investigation into the criminal case of bribetaking.
The criminal case was filed on June 21, 2016, under para. 5 of art. 290 of the Russian Criminal Code (major bribetaking), in the department for investigation of crimes against the state power of the Investigative Committee in St. Petersburg. The investigative activities involved staff of economic security department of the Main Directorate of the Interior Ministry, agents from the Transportation Corps of the Federal Security Service, and staff of the Russian Investigative Committee.
According to investigators, during the inspection they confiscated items and documents relevant to the criminal investigation (the details have not been disclosed). The investigation of the criminal case of bribetaking will be continued.
Rosfinmonitoring (Federal Financial Monitoring Service) analyzed the data of the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers and discovered thousands of offshore companies through which the Russians laundered billions of rubles. Materials on deputies and governors were handed over to law enforcers.
A spokesperson of the Prosecutor's office said that the ECHR had not studied all the materials of the criminal case, so they were offered not to overturn the verdict, but to send the case for a new review in court.