FSB officers involved in robberies make full confession
They have testified against other participants, expecting to be put under house arrest and get minimum sentences.
Five out of the seven arrested FSB officers, whom the military investigation of the ICR charges with participation in the robbery, have partially or fully admitted their guilt. During court proceedings at the Moscow District Military Court, it turned out that on July 2, one of the attackers, an operative of the Banking Unit of the Department “K” of the Russian Federal Security Service, Artur Vlasov, voluntarily surrendered to the investigator, who registered his full confession. Admitting his guilt, he disclosed other participants in the attack. Officers from the Department 'A’ (Alfa) and 'V’ (Vympel) of the FSB Special Purpose Center, Khetag Margiev and Dmitry Kapyshkin have also made a full confession, Kommersant reports.
Despite cooperation in investigation, the court did not review the arrest decisions. In total, seven men have been arrested. Employees of the Department 'A’ of the FSB Special Purpose Center, Roman Obolensky, Vladimir Urusov, Dmitry Chikvin, and officers of the Department 'K’ of the Economic Security Service, Artur Vlasov and Aleksandr Karelin have been placed in a pre-trial detention center. Officers from the Department 'A’ and 'V’ of the FSB Special Purpose Center, Khetag Margiev and Dmitry Kapyshkin, are under house arrest.
They are accused of taking part in a robbery against Moscow resident Aleksandr Yumaranov. According to the case file read out in court, Yumaranov took 136.5 million rubles ($2.17 million) on receipt from a friend, which he hoped to exchange for dollars in the office of Metallurg Bank. However, there he was attacked by masked men who stole the cash.
Vladimir Urusov, against whom Khetag Margiev testified, confessed only to being with other FSB officers in Metallurg when the robbery occurred. He insisted in court that during the attack, “no one threatened anyone with weapons.” Therefore, he disagreed with a robbery charge.
To recall, some sources say the siloviki have stolen money from a cashing site, which they themselves “protected,” under the guise of operative measures. In total, there are 30 defendants in the case. Some of them are hiding in the North Caucasus.