Several policemen arrested after searches in St. Petersburg District Department of Internal Affairs
In St. Petersburg, several officers of the Criminal Investigation Department were arrested in the wake of searches in the Nevsky district police department No. 70.
All of them are charged with abuse of official powers.
To recall, the CrimeRussia has previously reported on the detention of six employees of this department, as well as the searches, which were held on September 15. The reason for this was a criminal case of abuse of official powers with violence by law enforcers (part 3 of Art. 286 of the Russian Criminal Code).
This criminal case is currently being investigated by ICR investigative bodies in St. Petersburg.
After the searches, which were conducted with the participation of the regional staff, two former and four active police officers were detained. They include former deputy head and special agent of the Nevsky district MIA police department No. 70 in St. Petersburg, Artem Morozov and Andrey Barashkov, special investigative agents Sergey Kotenko, Kirill Borodich, and Aleksandr Ipatov, and Acting Deputy Head of the police department Mikhail Antonenko.
According to the investigative bodies, April 26 this year, Antonenko, Borodich, and Morozov detained 26-year-old Aleksey Chepelin outside of one of the houses on Solidarnosti Avenue. The young man was suspected of illegal possession and trafficking of drugs. Since Chepelin resisted the police during the detention, he was beaten and taken to the department. In the department, continued to brutalize the detainee, beating him with truncheons, torturing him with an electric shock, and burning his nostrils with a cigarette. In addition, the police forged documents to bring Chepelin to criminal liability for drug trafficking.
The investigation also found that during the night of May 18, Morozov, Kotenko and Ipatov came to a bookmaker's office on Dybenko Street. They vandalized the premises and tore the passports of the visitors. After that, the law enforcers detained the office’s guard and took him to the police department No. 70. Then they began to torture the man, demanding him to admit that he had been buying up property obtained by criminal means. In addition to physical abuse, the detainee was doused with boiling water and was not allowed to take off wet clothes. Despite the torture, the police officers failed to extract the necessary confessions from the guard, so they had to let him go.
During last Friday's searches, security officials found and seized items and documents of interest to the investigation, as well as ammunition.
The Nevsky District Court ruled on the detention of the three defendants of this criminal case. A preventive measure will be elected shortly. The investigation of the criminal case is ongoing.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).