Two employees of central office of FSB extort money in bitcoins

Two employees of central office of FSB extort money in bitcoins
Erast Galumov

A bribe was demanded from the son of arrested political scientist and ex-director of Izvestia Erast Galumov.

Officers of the FSB’s internal security department detained senior investigator for particularly important cases of the security service’s Investigation Directorate Sergey Belousov and his former assistant Alexey Kolbov on suspicion of taking a bribe in Bitcoins from the son of political analyst Erast Galumov, who was arrested on swindling charges. Moscow’s Basmanny Court took Kolbov into custody. A pre-trial restriction in respect of Belousov will be chosen by a military garrison court, MK reports.

Galumov was sent to Lefortovo pre-trial detention facility in early 2018. The public learned about this after a member of the PMC, Eva Merkacheva, accidentally ran into him while visiting other prisoners. The investigation was conducted by a group of 15 cyber-crime specialists led by Belousov.

Galumov’s son Alexander claims that he was threatened with adding new episodes to his father’s case if he did not give 65 million rubles ($ 1 million) in Bitcoins. The entrepreneur himself was advised to leave Russia, which he did. According to lawyer Vladimir Sementsov, Alexander transferred 3 million rubles ($ 45,000) to the extortioners in several tranches, after which Galumov’s custody conditions were relaxed.

On April 17, the court took Kolbov into custody, whereas Galumov’s case is being prepared for submission to the court.


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