Former FSB officers detained for extortion from Head of Alcohol Market Regulation
Former Russian FSB officers Igor Korobitsin and Maxim Tsukanov were sentenced to 6 and 5 years in prison respectively, on charges of extortion from the Head of Federal Service for Alcohol Market Regulation Igor Chuyan.
A former member of the FSB Economic Security Service Igor Korobitsin and a former member of the FSB Directorate Maxim Tsukanov were sentenced to 6 and 5 years in prison respectively, for extortion from the Head of the Federal Service for Alcohol Market Regulation. Igor Chuyan, RIA Novosti reported. They were convicted on Part 3 of Art. 30 and Part 4 of Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code (Preparation for Swindling on an especially large scale).
In addition, the Moscow Garrison Military Court deprived the members of special services from their ranks and fined each of them for 700 thousand rubles.
Investigators believe that Korobitsin, who supervised the activities of the Federal Service for Alcohol Market Regulation, through the intermediary of Tsukanov, urged Chuyan to pay him a large sum of money for protection and smooth operation of the institution. The FSB officers received first half of the sum in the amount of 100 thousand USD and a dummy in the form of additional 700 thousand. The extortionists were detained upon receipt of funds.
While Korobitsin denied any involvement in the illegal activities, Tsukanov confessed and turned over his partner in crime. He also admitted to being a mediator in the case of bribe.
The attorneys of the former FSB officers have already stated that they plan to appeal the verdict.
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