Town of Pugachev: ex-head of police department gets 5 years in strict regime colony 

Town of Pugachev: ex-head of police department gets 5 years in strict regime colony
Vladimir Smelov Photo: Video screenshot

Vladimir Smelov has been found guilty of bribe taking.

Saratov region’s court has delivered its verdict in a case related to an ex-head of police department in a town of Pugachev - Vladimir Smelov. He has been found guilty of bribe taking on a large scale.

The investigation determined the incident had taken place on July 31, last year. Pugachev’s squad stopped a truck driver who was transporting grain. The law enforcers asked the man to show the delivery papers. When they saw the paper, they cast doubt on their authenticity.

After that, the driver - in order to “avoid issues” - offered the head of the department 200 thousand rubles ($3 thousand). Later, the driver reported to law enforcement. On December 18, Smelov was detained while taking part of the bribe - 50 thousand rubles ($770) - in a compartment of a company-provided vehicle.

The policeman pleaded guilty. He was sent to a strict regime colony for 5 years. The sentence has not entered into force.

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