Police officer fired because of suspicion of involvement in activities of gang of ex-chief of Boris Berezovsky’s security service

 Police officer fired because of suspicion of involvement in activities of gang of ex-chief of Boris Berezovsky’s security service
Head of the Main Department of Internal Affairs for the Samara region Alexander Vinnikov

The activity of the police in the case of Trikoz could have been caused by fears of testifying in the case of finding a cache in the territory of TogliattiAzot (TOAZ).

The Head of the Internal Affairs Main Department of the Samara region, Alexander Vinnikov, dismissed from service a former operative of the Center for Countering Extremism, Major Alexander Pertsev, in connection with a misconduct tarnishing the honor of an employee of the internal affairs bodies. A pre-investigation check was appointed against him due to the incident with the planned provocation at TOAZ plant, orchestrated by the former Head of the Security Service of Boris Berezovsky, Sergey Sokolov.

In December 2016, an arsenal of extremist weapons and literature was discovered in the office of MSA Stroy, which rented premises on the territory of TOAZ. According to the investigation, the prohibited items were planted in the office of MSA Stroy to discredit its Head, Magomed Shishkhanov, and the plant’s management, and the crime was committed with the participation of TOAZ security officers. They were assisted in organizing the provocations, according to the FSB, by the police and the leader of a Samara criminal group, Vyacheslav Trikoz.

Sokolov was arrested in January 2018, along with Oleg Antoshin, the former Head of the Security Service of TOAZ, his Deputy Alexey Alekseyev, and the Head of the Analytics and Business information center Ruslan Milchenko. The Lefortovo Court of Moscow arrested all four on suspicion of Illegal Sale of Firearms (Art. 222 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and Explosives (Art. 222.1 of the Criminal Code). Pertsev and another former employee of the Center for Countering Extremism Artem Illarionov, who resigned from the internal affairs agencies last summer, provided direct assistance to them. At that time, they were not held accountable, but they were demoted, repeatedly interrogated, and the Center for Countering Extremism (CCE) was searched.

It turned out that the two police officers helped Vyacheslav Tricoz, who was on the federal wanted list on suspicion of extortion, to avoid detention, Kommersant reports. The list also included the former Head of CCE, now Deputy Head of the police for the operational work of the Main Directorate of the Internal Affairs Ministry for the Samara region, Alexey Maksimov. It was Colonel Maximov that wrote the appeal addressed to the judge who was considering the case of the Samara gang’s leader on extortion, in which he reported that Trikoz had helped the police in detecting crimes, and asked that this fact be taken into account when passing the sentence. As a result, Vyacheslav Trikoz received four years in a strict regime colony in the extortion case. However, the police leadership did not appreciate the gesture of their employees.

A check was initiated against them, and employees of Internal Security Directorate from the central office of the MIA were sent to the region. The FSB Directorate suspects that the activity of the police officers in the case of Vyacheslav Trikoz could have been caused by the fear of testifying in the case of discovering an arms cache in the territory of TOAZ.

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