Suspended sentence for termination of non-initiated proceedings
Blackmailing, they extorted 170 thousand dollars from the director of the travel agency, threatening with nonexistent criminal cases.
The Presnensky court in Moscow has sentenced two former investigators for priority cases of the Investigative Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Alexander Kazyulin and Maxim Dementiev to 4.5 and 4 years probation. The court took into account that they admitted guilt and paid compensation for damage to the businessman, from whom they extorted 170 thousand dollars. According to Kommersant, senior investigator for particularly important cases of the 1st Division of control and methodical management of the Investigative Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Kazyulin was charged with Swindling on an especially large scale and Attempted Swindling (part 4 of Art. 159, part 1 of Art. 30 and part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code). The court also found guilty of swindling their colleague Dementiev. Both were stripped of their titles. Passing sentence, the court took into account the presence of minors and other extenuating circumstances.
They agreed with the verdict, their lawyer even called it "fair".
In 2015, through their agent, Yuri Molchanov, investigators came across general director of travel company Mix Travel Anatoly Blinov that the ID MIA allegedly initiated the criminal case for swindling on an especially large scale, illegal banking activity, and even the organization of criminal community. The solver said that if he did not give investigators 70 thousand dollars, he would wait for arrest. Blinov asked his friend, lawyer Elena Zabavina, who being half-sister of Dementiev, for help, she confirmed him this information.
Several days later, the businessman gave Molchanov 3.2 million rubles and 10 thousand dollars. That, in turn, handed over the money to Zabavina, which distributed it between Dementiev and Kazyulin. First received 2.7 million rubles, while the second - 500 thousand rubles. Dollars settled in pockets of Molchanov.
Believing himself deprived, Kazyulin began to demand from the businessman 100 thousand dollars, threatening him with with nonexistent criminal cases. This time, Zabavina refused her role as a negotiator and Kazyulin did not receive any money.
Soon, the whole group of extortionists was detained by FSB officers.
For the mediation in dubious deals former lawyer was sentenced to 3 years under part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code with a suspended sentence of 4 years due to the presence of dependent children. Molchanov jailed for 6 years in a penal colony for Attempted Mediation in Bribery committed by a group of persons by prior conspiracy on an especially large scale (part 3, of Art. 30, part 4 of Art. 291.1 of the Criminal Code).
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