Former head of Ulyanovsk Traffic Police convicted of bribe-taking
The policeman extorted money from a carrier company owner.
The Leninsky District Court of Ulyanovsk sentenced Pavel Ivanushkin, the former head of the Traffic Police Department in the Novospassky District, to four years in a strict regime penal colony and a fine of 1.3 million rubles ($ 20,000) for accepting a bribe of 170,000 rubles ($ 2,600) from the owner of SNAO LLC (para. 5 of Article 290 CCRF). Ivanushkin demanded 260,000 rubles ($ 4,000) for patronage, 73online.ru reports.
Major Ivanushkin demanded money from one of the founders of SNAO, otherwise threatening to create problems for truckers. To prove his words, a few days later one of the trucks was stopped for an overdue certificate of the vehicle’s admission to transportation of dangerous goods; a week later the situation repeated itself.
The businessman gave Ivanushkin 30,000 rubles ($ 465) and called the police. The next transfer of money took place under the operatives’ control, and the notes were pre-marked with a fluorescent substance. The businessman handed over the money in a Lada Granta, which Ivanushkin took from a friend. As soon as the bribe-taker landed the entrepreneur, Ivanushkin was detained.