FSB detained ex-policeman suspected in illegal sale of alcohol
According to Fontanka, the bootlegger is tied to law enforcement agencies.
In the middle of October, officers of the Main Directorate for Economic Security and Anti-Corruption of the Russian Interior Ministry detained a truck with 20 tons of illegal alcohol in the Solnechnogorsk suburb near Moscow, Fontanka.ru reports. The detention occurred when the goods were delivered to customers. The owner of the illegal alcohol was a 55-year-old resident of St. Petersburg, Valery Strakhov. In respect of him, a criminal case was initiated under Art. 171.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Production, Acquisition, Storage or Sale of Goods without marking and (or) inflicting information provided for by the legislation of the Russian Federation).
The amount that Strakhov was supposed to receive is approximately estimated at 2 million rubles ($35.050).
Strakhov was detained for two days, after which the Solnechnogorsk court placed him under house arrest. It is noteworthy that the suspect was escorted to St. Petersburg by the central staff of the FSB. As Fontanka's journalists managed to find out, in the past Strakhov worked as a field investigator in the St. Petersburg police.
According to the edition, the former law-enforcer has ties with many illegal alcohol producers in the Leningrad region. At the same time, Fontanka notes, Strakhov was responsible not for production, but for clout with law enforcement bodies and lobbyism. According to journalists, the St. Petersburger can be associated with a variety of police and prosecutorial structures of the region.