Two high-ranking police officers were arrested for covering pimps in Chita

Two high-ranking police officers were arrested for covering pimps in Chita
Detention of the pimp gang in the Baikal Region in 2014 Photo: Press service of the Investigations Department of the Investigative Committee in the Baikal Region

Law enforcement officers have consistently received bribes from a pimp, and did not bring him to justice. In total, law enforcement officers have "earned" about 300 thousand rubles.

Investigators detained the Head of the Ingodinsky Department of police in Chita, Colonel Roman Banshchikov, and the Deputy Head of the Railway Department Alexey Chebunin in their cabinets for covering the pimp. Criminal cases under article Bribe-Taking (item (a), (с), part 5 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) were initiated. Their houses are being raided.

According to the Investigations Department of the Investigative Committee in the Baikal Region, in 2008-2009, Banshchikov, Chebunin and another police officer, whose name was not disclosed, were covering a men organizing sex parlors in Chita for bribes. Law enforcement officers have consistently received bribes from the pimp and earned about 300 thousand rubles. The police did not bring him to justice for his activities.

At the moment, documents on detention of Chebunin and Banshchikov are being prepared. Press service of the regional Investigative Committee noted that the third suspect, an ex-police officer, is currently serving a sentence in a prison. However, the article, under which he was charged, was not disclosed.

Regional media source Vesti Chita reported that that operation on detention of pimps was initiated in October, 2014. 13 Chita residents were detained for their involvement in a criminal gang of prostitutes, which included underage girls as well. They were offered free transportation from the remote areas of the region and accommodation in apartments. According to documents of the criminal case, pimps were beating girls, who refused to work or wanted to get away from the business.

In May 2015, one of the leaders of a city hotel, guards of hotels, baths and saunas were also detained on suspicion of organizing prostitution in Chita. Daily income of the criminal group reached 200 thousand rubles.

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