Tatarstan: Three policemen staged sale of weapons to improve performance indicators
The prosecutor's office has already approved the indictment in the criminal case. The police officers are awaiting trial.
Former special agent of the Kazan Directorate of Internal Affairs Ivan Guslyarov and two officers from Yapeev police department Aynur Valishin and Maksim Vasilyev are to stand trial, the business newspaper of Tatarstan BUSINESS Online reports. The law enforcers are accused of attempting to organize a fictitious sale of a pistol carbine to improve their performance indicators. They are charged with illegal transfer of weapons, abuse of official powers, and falsification of the results of operational and investigative activities.
According to the investigation, the policemen persuaded one criminal involved in a criminal case to act as the buyer of arms, and wanted to pick up someone from their friends to play the seller. The law enforcers promised that the ‘seller’ would not be punished for this deal. If he had refused, he would have been imprisoned for a long time. The man took the offer.
June 1, 2017, the police officers handed homemade firearms to the man, namely, a 9mm pistol carbine, which he was to sell. Instead, he turned to the FSB. As a result, when the police began to detain the alleged arms sellers, the former were themselves detained by the security officials.
Ivan Guslyarov, Aynur Valishin, and Maksim Vasilyev have only partially admitted their guilt. All three were under house arrest during the investigation.
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).