Sergey Zabaturin involved in corruption scandal becomes head of Moscow region’s Prosecution Service  

Sergey Zabaturin involved in corruption scandal becomes head of Moscow region’s Prosecution Service
Sergey Zabaturin

In early 2010s, Zabaturin’s subordinates were condemned for bribery.

Sergey Zabaturin has become a head of the Moscow region’s Prosecution Service, reports PASMI. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed a decree on his appointment on July 3.

Zabaturin had earlier been a head of the Moscow transregional transport prosecution office. Former head of the Moscow region Aleksey Zakharov (a son-in-law of the Minister of Defense Sergey Shoigu) was appointed a deputy head of the prosecutor general.

In early 2010s, Zabaturin found himself in the crosshairs of a corruption scandal. Then, he was a head of the Moscow transregional investigations directorate of the Investigative Committee of Russia. Evgeny Domovets, Zabaturin’s subordinate and a deputy head of a major case department, was investigating a criminal case against a gang comprised of 10 persons. The gang’s members dealt with import of meat from the U.S., Europe and Latin America by illegally receiving the import license at preferential rates. The illegal traffic was carried out through checkpoints in the Moscow region. After that, the goods were spread among supermarkets - including the ones located in Moscow.

Investigators determined that Domovets contacted one member of the gang - Dmitry Mostman - and demanded consideration for softening of measure of restraint for the accused and saving a status of a witness for him, as well as reclassifying of his case from an article related to illegal traffic to the one related to assistance in illegal traffic and common protection. Domovets demanded $4 million for these services. The businessman did not want to pay out the total amount and contacted the Federal Security Service. As a result, Domovets was detained while receiving $1.5 million. In a month, Domovets’ executive - a head of the department Ivan Kozhevnikov - was detained. The first deputy head of Zabaturin - Konstantin Zotov - escaped and was put on a federal wanted list. 

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As a result, Domovets was sentenced to 3 years in a colony, however, later, it was changed to probation. The trial jury fully acquitted Kozhevnikov and Malkov. Zotov was detained in June, 2013. In September, 2014, he was released on bail. Zabaturin stood down on his own will in autumn, 2010.

In 2 years, Zabaturin returned to service in law enforcement. In 2012, he became a deputy procurator of the Novomoskovsky administrative district of Moscow, and in autumn, 2015 - a city procurator in Krasnogorsk. In June, 2017, Zabaturin became a head of the Moscow transregional transport prosecution office.

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