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.
According to investigators, in May 2011, Vorotnikov ripped off several sock caps from uniformed policemen, threw them on to the roadway and stroked over the police officer's head twice during an unsanctioned rally.