St.Petersburg: ex-ICR investigator of particularly important cases arrested for stealing 11 kg of cocaine
Nikolay Vorobyov is suspected of stealing and selling 11 kilograms of drug from the material evidence in the case of cocaine smuggling against European kickboxing champion Alexander Bolshakov.
The Nevsky District Court in St. Petersburg arrested for two months the former senior investigator of the 2nd Investigation Division of the 1st Directorate for Investigating Particularly Important Cases of the Main Investigative Department of the ICR for St. Petersburg Nikolay Vorobyov on suspicion of stealing and selling 11 kg of cocaine. It is reported by the joint press service of the courts of St. Petersburg.
Vorobyov, who is accused of stealing material evidence in the case of European kickboxing champion Alexander Bolshakov, who was sentenced to 22 years in prison for smuggling cocaine from Uruguay in May 2018, was arrested by the court until January 14, 2019.
Fontanka notes that criminal cases have been initiated against the ex-investigator regarding the abuse of official authority with serious consequences, as well as theft and sale of drugs on a large scale. If the court admits his guilt in full, Vorobyov faces up to life imprisonment due to a combination of charges.
According to the materials of the criminal case, Vorobyov, being the senior investigator of the unit for the investigation of particularly important cases of the St. Petersburg Main Investigative Department of the ICR, led the criminal case of the champion.
According to investigators, in February 2016, Vorobyov, using his official authority, stole 11 kg of cocaine, which had been stored in material records since the seizure of the drug in 2014. It is known that the former investigator acted with accomplices, but they have not yet been established. According to investigators, in order to hide the traces of the crime, the attackers replaced the drug with a mixture of benzocaine, levamisole and cocaine, the content of which did not exceed 0.51%.
As follows from the materials submitted to the court, Vorobyov and unidentified persons, illegally sold the stolen drugs, thus launching illegal trafficking of a large consignment of drugs.
In April 2017, Vorobyov resigned at his own request. November 16, 2018 Vorobyov was charged. However, the former investigator did not admit his guilt.
The Investigations Directorate in the Leningrad Region of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation (ICR) is going through turbulent times. After an unexpected replacement of the supreme command, the winds of change started blowing. Colonel of justice Pavel Vymenets, the new acting head of the agency, launched personnel reshuffles. According to sources, all means are used to purge the ranks from corrupt officers, including collection of compromising materials and denunciations.