Investigation completed on Aleksandr Soshnikov’s high-profile case
The former Chief of the Investigative Department of the Internal Affairs Directorate in the Northwestern FD has pleaded guilty.
The Khoroshevsky interdistrict department of the ICR Main Investigative Department in Moscow has completed the investigation of the case regarding Aleksandr Soshnikov, the ex-Chief of the Investigative Department of the Internal Affairs Directorate in the Northwestern FD, Rosbalt wrote.
According to the source, the police colonel has been charged with Attempted Swindling (part 3 of Art. 30 and part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code).
Since Aleksandr Soshnikov had pleaded guilty, if the Prosecutor's Office confirms the indictment, the case will be tried under the special procedure.
As we reported before, Aleksandr Soshnikov, 45 was detained by the Moscow Bureau of Internal Affairs in September 2016 after receiving a 3-million-ruble bribe. In return, Soshnikov promised to help Andrey Kuchma, the co-owner of a Renault dealership, to avoid troubles with the law. The businessman was a witness in a fraud case with a possibility to become one of the accused.
The investigation also found that there was no way Soshnikov could actually affect the criminal investigation since back on December 22, 2015 he was dismissed from his post of the Chief of the Investigative Department, and a few days before he submitted an application for retirement. Therefore, the former policeman had intended to merely take the money without actually keeping his promise.
Marina Semynina, who had been renting out non-residential premises with an area of 2.5 thousand sq. m to the trading network, is a co-defendant in the suit of the Prosecutor General's Office on the seizure of Colonel Zakharchenko's family assets in favor of the state.
In a week the police of the Penza region have lost two first executives. The Head of the regional Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) announced his forthcoming resignation. In this regard, the region began talking about the global cleansing of the bigwigs of security agencies. Now everyone is waiting to learn who is next in the queue for quitting, and what new corruption rows pertaining to security chiefs are to come to light in the short run in a relatively serene region.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had seen plenty of scandals throughout its history. In the end of 2017, it ceased financing of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) on suspicion of misuse of funds by its management. However, the IOC couldn’t even think that international drug trafficker Gafur Rakhimov, member of the criminal ‘Brothers’ Circle’ put on the OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List, is going to take charge of it soon. Furthermore, Rakhimov has contributed greatly to the selection of Sochi the place of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Kochkin is detained in the headquarters building and brought to the police department, where policemen drew up a protocol under Violating the Established Procedure for Arranging or Conducting a Meeting, Rally, Demonstration, Procession or Picket (part 8 of Article 20.2 of the Code of Administrative Offenses). According to the activist, in the near future he will go on trial.