Another charge confirmed for retired Head of Moscow Criminal Intelligence Viktor Trutnev

Another charge confirmed for retired Head of Moscow Criminal Intelligence Viktor Trutnev
Viktor Trutnev Photo: Aleksandr Shcherbak / Kommersant

The preliminary hearing has not yet been appointed.

The Military Prosecutor’s Office has confirmed the indictment in the case of former Head of Moscow Criminal Intelligence, retired MIA Major General Viktor Trutnev, as well as three officers of the FSB Main Directorate in Moscow. According to Kommersant, the preliminary hearing has not yet been appointed. The case of Mediation in Bribery (part 4 of Art. 291.1 of the Russian Criminal Code) was initiated in the summer of 2017. 

The officers of the FSB Balashykha Interdistrict Department Denis Semyonov, Aleksey Vinokurov, and Artur Yusufov have been detained on charges of receiving 70 thousand dollars from Director General of Transeco, Yury Kornilov, who had been prosecuted on suspicion of swindling due to questionable contracts with the Russian Railways structures. Allegedly, the special services employees promised to transfer money to “other law enforcement officers,” on whom Kornilov’s case depended. Transeco LLC had concluded a contract for the disposal of wooden sleepers in the period from 2011 to 2013 worth 2 billion rubles ($32.3 million) with the Russian Railways. However, as the examination showed, no disposal took place, although Director General of the LLC Yury Kornilov signed the certificates of acceptance. In reality, the company would burn and then sell the sleepers. Trutnev, for one, is charged with transferring of FSB officers’ phone numbers to the businessman. Unlike Yusufov and Trutnev, Vinokurov and Semyonov have pleaded guilty. All defendants are held under house arrest. The day before, their term of house arrest was extended until November 2018. 

Previously, Trutnev was a defendant in another corruption case. The victim of bribe extortion was one of the Russian leaders in the development of mechanical and electromechanical fuses for a wide range of ammunition, Snegirev Research Institute of Technology in Zheleznodorozhny. 

According to the investigation, during an audit by the FSB officers, ghost employees were revealed at the Research Institute. After that, its Director General Igor Grigoryev was offered to pay a kickback to the officers, namely several million rubles for each ghost employee. In the event of a refusal, Grigoryev was threatened with a criminal case of Swindling on an especially large scale or Embezzlement (Article 159 or Article 160 of the Russian Criminal Code). While agreeing to give a bribe, Grigoryev appealed to the FSB Internal Security Department, after which Colonel Kruglov was detained red-handed after receiving a bribe at a McDonald's restaurant. His accomplices were later detained at their workplaces.

To recall, Viktor Trutnev, who used to head the Moscow Department of Internal Aаfairs in the South-Eastern Administrative District for some time, was appointed Head of the Moscow Criminal Intelligence in 2001. In 2003, he was appointed Head of the Department of Internal Affairs in the North-Eastern Administrative District. After being transferred to a similar position at the Department of Internal Affairs in the Northern Administrative District in 2011, Trutnev had to resign after a few months. The reason for his resignation was the scandalous incident during the visit of then Head of the MIA Rashid Nurgaliev to the MIA Academy of Management located in the Northern Administrative District. When approaching the Academy, the honored guests were greeted with a writing on the pavement saying “Nurgaliev is a jerk.” After that, Trutnev was hospitalized with a heart attack, and a few months later, Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree on his resignation. He became a suspect in the case of mediation in the transfer of bribes only in January 2018. Investigators from the ICR Military Investigation Department interrogated Trutnev several times, and his house was searched. However, soon after that, the general ended up in the hospital once again.

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