Moscow: Ural political technologist blackmailing central TV channel and discrediting governor detained

Moscow: Ural political technologist blackmailing central TV channel and discrediting governor detained
Sergey Yarutin

Ural political technologist Sergey Yarutin is charged with swindling on an especially large scale; he has been arrested by Moscow law enforcers.

In the Urals, Sergey Yarutin is known as an opponent of Governor of the Sverdlovsk region Evgeny Kuyvashev; he had repeatedly organized protests against the region head. In Moscow, Yarutin was accused of blackmailing STS Corporation (central TV channel).

As Kommersant reports, Yarutin was detained in Moscow as part of a special operation by the Internal Affairs Main Directorate for Economic Security and Anti-Corruption (GUEBiPK). A criminal case of Swindling on an especially large scale (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code) has been initiated against him.

As it turned out, representatives of the STS Corporation, which unites large energy assets in the territory of the Urals Federal District, had filed a police report. The reason for appealing to the law enforcement bodies were defamatory publications, which were posted on various websites on orders from Yarutin in the period from 2016 to 2017. The publications described the owners of STS Corporation, as well as their other assets, in a negative context.

Operatives detained Yarutin in Moscow after he agreed to stop publishing materials that discredit the honor, dignity, and business reputation of the corporation and its owners in exchange for money.

The Tverskoy District Court has ruled to imprison him for two months.

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