Rosprirodnadzor officer arrested for carrying pistol near Krestovsky Stadium before 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
The President drastically reduced gun trade the day before the Confederations Cup.
A firearm was found in the employee’s car at the Krestovsky Island in St. Petersburg the day before the Cup.
The 29-year-old driver of the Federal Supervisory Natural Resources Management Service was driving his official Solaris towards the stadium on the morning of June 17.
Security gatehouse guards asked him for a pass when he tried to enter the stadium on his car, according to Fontanka. The driver showed them his documents, but they noticed a cartridge marked '3' and '38' in his glove compartment. The police officers searched the car, since the Russian President had drastically reduced gun trade the day before the Cup. Firearm carry was banned in cities hosting the Cup; St. Petersburg one of them.
The officers found an A-101 4.5 mm air pistol under the driver’s seat. They confiscated the gun and sent it for examination to the Russian MIA Main Department Forensic Center.
The FSB St Petersburg Department was notified of the discovery.
The police drew an administrative report for violation of article 20.8 of the Russian Administrative Offences Code for violation of gun handling and storage rules.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had seen plenty of scandals throughout its history. In the end of 2017, it ceased financing of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) on suspicion of misuse of funds by its management. However, the IOC couldn’t even think that international drug trafficker Gafur Rakhimov, member of the criminal ‘Brothers’ Circle’ put on the OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List, is going to take charge of it soon. Furthermore, Rakhimov has contributed greatly to the selection of Sochi the place of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Kochkin is detained in the headquarters building and brought to the police department, where policemen drew up a protocol under Violating the Established Procedure for Arranging or Conducting a Meeting, Rally, Demonstration, Procession or Picket (part 8 of Article 20.2 of the Code of Administrative Offenses). According to the activist, in the near future he will go on trial.