Ulyanovsk corruption fighters caught taking bribes
Two officers of the Department of Economic Security and Anti-Corruption are accused of extorting 300 thousand rubles ($5319).
In the Ulyanovsk region, a criminal case against two officers of the Dimitrovgradsky MIA Interdistrict Department’s Subdepartment of Economic Security and Anti-Corruption has been referred to the court. The law enforcers are accused of 300-thousand-ruble extortion from a Kazakh businessman through an intermediary.
According to the investigation, the incident took place on April 14, 2017. One of the road traffic police units in the Ulyanovsk region suspected a driver of violation of driving large vehicles and stopped the heavy truck DAF Trucks Te95xF. It turned out that the truck belonged to the Kazakh entrepreneur and carried fresh-frozen fish. The investigation believes that the businessman tried to bribe employees of the State Road Traffic Safety Inspectorate, offering them 2 thousand rubles ($35), so that they let him pass. The traffic police inspectors were outraged by the bribe offer and called the Economic Crime Department to the scene. Economic Crime Department special agents Ivan Starchenko and Egor Sokolov soon arrived.
It was clear from the conversation between the businessman and the Economic Crime Department employees that they themselves were extorting a bribe of 300 thousand rubles through a foreign intermediary for the return of seized goods and documents. The businessman’s representative who learned about this reported the incident to the security service of the regional Ministry of Internal Affairs, and then Ivan Starchenko and Egor Sokolov were detained. The materials of the MIA Internal Security’s check were referred to the ICR, where the criminal case was initiated. The police officers were soon dismissed from the bodies.
The law enforcers accused of extortion do not recognize their guilt and still claim that they “acted within their authority.” It remains unknown whether the driver attempted to bribe inspectors or not.
“The driver claimed that the inspectors extorted a bribe, and the traffic police officers claimed it was him who tried to bribe them. As a result, due to lack of any other evidence, the investigative bodies came to the conclusion that there were more signs of bribe provocation than bribery in the case, and terminated it,” Senior Assistant Prosecutor of the Ulyanovsk region Vasily Zima said.
One of the defendants – Ivan Starchenko – believes that the case is a frame-up, and someone is interested in his dismissal from the police.
“I was fired from the bodies for being offered money as part of investigation activities; I refused to take it, but failed to notify the superiors, thereby committing a gross violation of official discipline. I repeated this in the court, where I tried to challenge this dismissal, but the regional court considered the dismissal to be legal,” he told Kommersant.
It should be noted that Chief and Senior Inspector of the State Road Traffic Safety Inspectorate of the Cherdaklinsky district, Ulyanovsk region – Evgeny Yalovoy and Aleksandr Panteleev – acted according to a similar scheme, detaining heavy trucks and extorting money. Last week, they were sentenced to nine and eight years of strict-regime colony, respectively. Assistant Prosecutor Vasily Zima said that this is the third criminal case with similar circumstances for the last few days.
Recently, the FSB officers visited the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Primorsky District of St. Petersburg. The operatives of the Department M came to the police officers accompanied by the investigator and the search warrant. They were looking for evidence on the fact of falsification of a criminal case. However, a similar situation for the Primorsky Regional Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs is more likely to be a regular show: the staff of the administration and its superiors have appeared in high-profile criminal cases as defendants far too often.