Omsk: policemen avoid jail for beatings and fake alcohol sale
Alexander Kalashnikov and Nikolay Sozinov were sentenced to three years of probation.
Former policemen of the Omsk region got off with suspended sentences for beating up the detainee and selling fake alcoholic beverages.
As the CrimeRussia previously wrote, on April 7 of this year a drunken local resident came to the police station in Znamensky district. The man was looking for his friend and deciding that he was detained by policemen, went to rescue his friend. Policemen on duty Alexander Kalashnikov and his assistant Nikolay Sozinov decided to detain the visitor. A phoney protocol on administrative offenses was made up. When the local resident began to resent, he was beaten. To hide the traces of his crime, law enforcers erased the record from a video surveillance camera installed in the room. However, employees of the security service of the regional MIA managed to restore the video, after which Kalashnikov and Sozinov went under investigation.
In the course of the investigation, Alexander Kalashnikov was also convicted of selling fake alcohol. He bought 150 bottles of fake vodka and cognac at a price of 100 - 120 rubles ($1.6-2) per bottle from his friend. Then he sold the same alcohol to his colleagues and fellow villagers twice as much.
As a result, the Znamensky District Court of the Omsk region found Sozinov and Kalashnikov guilty of Exceeding Official Authority (part 3 of Article 286 of the Criminal Code). The latter was also found guilty under part 1 of Article 238 of the Criminal Code (Sale of Goods and Products that do not meet the safety or health requirements of consumers). Kalashnikov received three years and 10 days suspended, Sozinov - three years of probation.
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