St. Petersburg Public Monitoring Commission head jailed for lobbying interests of Kolya Bes gang member
Vladimir Matus tried to agree upon the transfer of the criminal group member of late Nikolay Kravchenko from the colony in Komi to the Haas hospital in St. Petersburg.
Ex-head of the Public Monitoring Commission (PMC) of St. Petersburg Vladimir Matus was sentenced to four years suspended for attempt to transfer a bribe in the interests of mob Telman Mkhitaryan, serving term in the colony of the Komi Republic. This is reported by Interfax with reference to the press service of the Kuybyshevsky District Court of the city.
"The court ordered to sentence Matus to four years suspended," the agency quotes a spokesman for the court.
It is noteworthy that Matus does not admit his guilt.
According to investigators, during the period from April 20 to July 14, 2016, being head of the PMC, he repeatedly met and spoke on the phone with representatives of the prison medical unit number 78, located on the embankment of the Fontanka River in St. Petersburg. They talked about the transfer of Telman Mkhitaryan, member of the criminal group of Nikolay Kravchenko (Kolya Bes), from the colony in Komi to the Haas prison hospital in St. Petersburg. Matus asked 300 thousand rubles ($4850) for this. The money was transferred to head of the hospital Ruslan Damadanov, who acted as part of the operational experiment.
Let's add that Telman Mkhitaryan is the most famous mob in the Novgorod region. In the post-Soviet period, he controlled a significant part of the region's market in the interests of criminal shot caller Nikolay Kravchenko, known as Kolya Bes. He served as political adviser to ex-Governor of the Novgorod region Mikhail Prusak. In 2008, Mkhitaryan was charged with extortion, in 2010 he was detained in Yerevan and extradited to Russia. He did not admit his guilt. Now he is serving 11-year sentence in a strict regime colony.
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