Former FSB officer has admitted to extorting 800 thousand dollars from Head of Federal Service for the Regulation of the Alcohol Market

Former FSB officer has admitted to extorting 800 thousand dollars from Head of Federal Service for the Regulation of the Alcohol Market
Igor Chuyan

The Investigation of a high-profile case, regarding extortion a large sum of money by two members of the FSB Economic Security Department from the Head of the Federal Service for Alcohol market regulation, Igor Chuyan, got an unexpected development.

One of the accused, a former senior lieutenant of FSB (Federal Security Service), Maxim Tsukanov, fully admitted his guilt and expressed willingness to cooperate with the investigation, asking for a commutation of the sentence. Eariler, he vigorously denied his involvement in the extortion of 800 thousand US dollars from the Head of the Federal service for Alcohol market regulation.

At the same time, the information that was given by Tsukanov about his planned operation, is fundamentally different from the version of the investigation, according to which the organizer of the extortion scheme was him. He was previously accused of bribery and fired from the service.

Now, however, the former officer outlined a very different picture to the investigators. According to him, the authorship of the idea to extort $ 800,000 from Igor Chuyan belonged not to him but to the FSB captain, Igor Korobitsyn, who was detained in February 2015 under the same case.

New testimony of Tsukanov unpleasantly surprised Andrey Grivstov, the lawyer of Igor Korobitsyn, which insists on the innocence of his client. He disputes the main argument of the investigation, which is the meeting with Chuyan in a cafe, that was work-related, because at that moment a group of Korobitsyn led the investigation of several officials in the Alcohol regulation Service, having incriminating evidence from the market participants.

Grivtsov noted that Tsukanov has previously been convicted of bribery, and therefore his fear to be sentenced for a long time has grounds, as the desire to avoid it, by snitching on Korobitsyn, is quite natural.

Recall that two FSB officers (one current, the other by that time the former) were arrested in February last year, after the lawyer of the Federal service for alcohol market regulation, Alexey Kotov, gave Tsukanov fake 800 thousand dollars in the car during the meeting of Korobitsyn with the Head of RosAlcohol. 

After some time, the Main Investigation Directorate of the Investigative Committee accused them for Swindling on a large scale (Article 30, Part 4. of Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code).

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