Vorkuta: ex-criminal investigation operative gets 7 years for bribe from Ifa-Kozlov OCG

Vorkuta: ex-criminal investigation operative gets 7 years for bribe from Ifa-Kozlov OCG
Artur Martsinkyavitchus

Former Police Captain Artur Martsinkyavitchus has been found guilty of exceeding powers, bribe-taking, and causing serious harm to colleague’s health.

The Prosecutor’s Office of Komi Republic has ensured a review of the case of the former operative of the Vorkuta MIA Criminal Investigation Department on charges of exceeding official powers, receiving a bribe, and causing serious harm to the health of a colleague, whom the defendant had broken his leg in a fight.

The CrimeRussia previously reported on this criminal case, as part of which former operative of the Vorkuta MIA Criminal Investigation Department Artur Martsinkyavitchus became a defendant in the case of bribe-taking from Ifa-Kozlov OCG and beating of Chief of the criminal police and Deputy Head of the Vorgashor police department No. 3 of the Vorkuta MIA office Nikolay Podlesny.

The court found that in 2011, the Vorkuta MIA Criminal Investigation Department officer transferred information about the investigation into the contract killing of entrepreneur Sergey Barabash to a member of Ifa-Kozlov OCG Rafael Mamedov, suspected of committing it. In gratitude for the information provided, the suspect gave the police officer TagHeuer watches worth 120 thousand rubles ($2,086) and a 25-thousand-ruble ($434) gold bracelet. This was testified by Mamedov himself and two of his former accomplices. In addition, the court qualified the March incident of 2013, when Martsinkyavitchus had a fight with his colleague Podlesny and broke his leg, as a serious injury to health.

In 2016, Martsinkyavitchus did not plead guilty and was acquitted in all counts by the Vorkuta City Court. The policeman confirmed that he had indeed communicated with Mamedov, but he could not give him any information, since the investigation into the murder of Barabash was carried out by Syktyvkar investigators. In addition, the MIA officer was on sick leave for most of 2011. As for the watches and bracelet, Martsinkyavitchus said his bride gave him those items on the eve of their wedding.

However, in reconsidering the criminal case, the prosecutor’s office proved not only the official and corruption crimes of the ex-police officer, but also his link to the Ifa-Kozlov OCG.

The court sentenced him to 7 years’ imprisonment in a general-regime correctional colony and a fine of forty-fold bribe amount, namely 5.8 million rubles ($100,862). In addition, the convict has been deprived of the special title ‘police captain’ and the right to hold positions related to the performance of functions of a government representative for a period of 3 years.

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