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 Kremlin was told that they use Telegram for internal communications. However, if it is blocked, the staff of the Presidential Administration is ready to switch to another messenger, said Dmitry Peskov.
Deputy of Izhevsk Zakhar Milostivenko was detained the day before on suspicion of "restricting competition". Sources clarify that the case of the parliamentarian is connected with the criminal case of Alexander Soloviev, accused of multimillion bribes.