Moscow: gang of policemen to be tried for stealing amber and bribe-taking

Moscow: gang of policemen to be tried for stealing amber and bribe-taking
Pavel Shaforost and his subordinates faked a search to steal businessman’s property

The investigation believes that the law enforcers created a crime community and terrorized Moscow entrepreneurs.

The Main Investigations Directorate of the Russian Investigative Committee in Moscow has referred to court the materials of the case against former officers of the Internal Affairs Directorate for Criminal Investigation in the Troitsky and Novomoskovsky Administrative Districts of Moscow.

According to the evidence collected, the former law enforcers are accused of exceeding official powers, embezzlement of raw amber from the owner of the Suveniry shop, and taking a bribe from him for non-prosecution.

In particular, the defendants in the case include ex-Head of the 2nd Internal Affairs Directorate for Criminal Investigation in the Troitsky and Novomoskovsky Administrative Districts of Moscow Pavel Shaforost and his subordinates, operatives Yury Ovchinnikov, Pavel Emelyanenko, Naran Kharaev, Roman Sedykh, as well as several civilian accomplices — Viktor Kalimulin and Evgeny Kartintsev.

According to the investigation, the former police officers organized a crime group and put pressure on entrepreneurs. For example, they were involved in the theft of a batch of raw amber worth 2 million rubles ($30 thousand) from the owner of the Suveniry shop located in the Rumyantsevo business park. On a tip from their civilian friends, the law enforcers came to carry out a search of the businessman’s office (the search warrant was fake). During the alleged investigative measures, amber was seized. In addition, the police officers took 700 thousand rubles ($10,430) found with the entrepreneur.

It was the gang’s member, who was initially detained for Exceeding Official Powers, that led the investigation on the gang’s trail. Currently, all defendants are in custody.

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