Kabardino Balkariya: 12 former and current police officers detained in case into creation of organized criminal group
The investigation theory is that the police officers had taken bribes for unobstructed transportation of alcohol around the territory of the Republic. The amount of bribes is estimated at 42 million rubles ($646 thousand).
Deputy head of the General Administration for Traffic Safety of the Russia’s MIA in the Republic and 11 former and current police officers have been detained in a case into creation of an organized criminal group (item 3 of article 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and bribe-taking (item 6 of article 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), reports an official representative of the Investigative Committee of Russia Svetlana Petrenko. Another defendant in the case is being searched for.
The investigation theory is that from 2017 up to 2018, the suspects - as part of the criminal community - had taken bribes for unobstructed transportation of alcohol around the territory of Kabardino Balkariya. According to preliminary data, the defendant had got at least 42 million rubles ($646 thousand) as consideration.
Official representative of MIA Irina Volk says the alcohol was being transported along the federal highway R-217 Caucasus and territories of Zoysky, Maysky, Prokhladnensky, Urvansky, and Baksansky districts of the Republic, as well as along the checkpoint Malka. The criminal community’s leader distributed the received bribes among the participants.
More than 30 searches were carried out in apartments and offices of the defendants in the case. At the present time, investigators are working with the detainees. All officers caught in corruption are expected to be fired from law enforcement.
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