MIA Head to dismiss senior official arrested for bribe to Colonel Timchenko
Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev intends to dismiss the Deputy Head of the MIA General Administration of Internal Security.
MIA spokeswoman Irina Volk reported the MIA Head is preparing a motion for dismissal of the Deputy Head of the MIA General Administration of Internal Security, responsible for internal security in regions.
Romeiko-Gurko and Deputy Head of the MIA General Administration of Internal Security Vladimir Tsvetkov have already offered their resignation.
In addition, Irina Volk reported about the upcoming structural changes in the MIA General Administration of Internal Security in connection with liquidation of the Regional Internal Security Administrations. The reform is carried in order to optimize Internal Security Administration’s activity.
According to the spokeswoman, this decision was made in connection with the high-profile case over arrest of Chief of the Russian MIA Internal Security in the Northwestern Federal District Yuri Timchenko, who is suspected of extorting bribes for closure of a case over tax evasion. According to the ICR, he extorted a bribe in the amount of 100 million rubles. The criminal case against Yuri Timchenko was initiated under part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code (Bribe-Taking on an especially large scale).
The special services believe that Russian Interior Ministry officials could have cooperated with the press to sell passport applications and border-crossing data of the two men suspected of poisoning the Skripals in Salisbury.