Court transferred FSB officer named in FSB gang case under house arrest

Court transferred FSB officer named in FSB gang case under house arrest

The new preventive measure will be valid until November 10.

Moscow Garrison Military Court transferred a defendant in case of FSB officers’ raid on the office of Metallurg Bank, Major of the K Directorate Alexander Karelin, from a pre-trial detention center under house arrest, reports TASS with reference to the lawyer of the accused, Maxim Slyusarenko.

The court refused the investigation to extend the detention of the Major. The reason for changing the preventive measure is not specified. Karelin will remain under house arrest until November 10, 2019. The security officer’s lawyer emphasized that his client “pleads guilty and actively repents.”

The detention of FSB officers after a raid on the office of Metallurg Bank in Ivans Babushkina Street in Moscow became known in early July. Security officers were charged with Robbery (part 4 of Art. 162 of the Criminal Code). The investigation believes that they took 136 million rubles ($2 m) from businessman Alexander Yumaranov, who claims that he borrowed this money from friends.

Karelin became the first defendant whose measure of restraint was softened, despite the fact that other defendants in the case also pleaded guilty. It was reported that the accused’s grandfather, a teacher at the FSB Academy, voluntarily gave the investigation 1.3 million rubles ($19.9 thousand) during a search of his grandson’s home. In total, about 30 people are involved in the case.

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