Witness in Tyumen corruption case says FSB pressurizes her

Witness in Tyumen corruption case says FSB pressurizes her
Sergey Polyanov

The former general director of the municipal Trassa JSC stated that she had testified about the bribery paid to the former head of the Central Administrative District of Tyumen, Sergey Polyanov, under pressure. FSB officers threatened her with rape in the female detention center.

Valentina F., the ex-CEO of the Tyumen Municipal Trassa JSC, made a statement saying that the FSB put pressure on her during the hearings in the criminal case of corruption against the former head of the Central Administrative District of Tyumen, Sergey Polianov, reports 72.ru. According to the woman, she testified about the bribery paid to Polyanov after the security forces had intimidated her. For instance, the FSB officers threatened to leave her in the women's detention center and to charge her daughter.

The prosecution believes that the ex-general director of Trassa passed a bribe in the amount of 190 thousand rubles to Polyanov for his help in obtaining tenders for landscaping yards in 2016. “My testimony was given under pressure,” the woman said in court. According to her, on July 5, 2017, she was summoned to the FSB office on Sovetskaya Street, where she was intimidated by the officers “the entire day”.

"They said, "We’ve broken tougher ones. If you don’t give the testimony that we want to have on Polyanov, you’re going to spend the night in the women's prison. Do you know how they rape there? You don’t know, do you? Well, you’re going to." My pregnant daughter with a small child have been at home all day, they [officers] didn’t even let me explain it to her over the phone. They said I could only say that I can’t come. They said, “We’re going to reach your daughter, too. She’s going to get into the detention center just like you are,” said Valentina F.

According to the woman, after that, she was taken to Shiller Street (presumably to the ICR), and then to the investigative department of the Central Administrative District of Tyumen on Severnaya Street. She had not been able to go home until 17 hours later. She was not allowed to use her mobile phone all that time.

Valentina F. withdrew her testimony given during the face-to-face confrontation with the former head of the council. “It was the second day of the pressure. The FSB officers told me that if I don’t sign it all now, we would not get out,” the woman said. She added that Polyanov asked her to sign the testimony.

“Polyanov said, “Just sign all of it, so that we could get out of here, and then we’re going to figure it out,” said the former general director of Trassa.

Polyanov’s attorney also said there has been pressure on the FSB’s side. The official was allegedly also summoned to an interview on July 5, 2017, after which he was taken to the investigator, where he wrote a confession.

Sergey Polyanov is accused of accepting a bribe, abuse of office and obstruction of lawful business activities. According to the prosecution, he accepted five bribes totaling 190 thousand rubles from Trassa JSC for his help in obtaining tenders for landscaping yards in 2016. Earlier it was reported that security officials had questioned the current head of Tobolsk, Maxim Afanasyev, in the case. Files concerning Afanasyev have been severed from other charges.

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