Court arrested Far Eastern Customs deputy head within bribery case; he tried to burn money
Sergey Fedorov is suspected of receiving bribes totaling 34 million rubles ($591.350) and 150 thousand dollars.
The Moscow Basmanny Court arrested first deputy chief of the Far Eastern Customs Administration (DVTU) Sergey Fedorov on charges of taking bribes, Interfax reports. Fedorov will remain in custody until May 19.
According to the investigation, Fedorov regularly received bribes from head of Dalzavod Terminal CJSC Rodion Tikhonov from December 2015 to October 2017. In total, the DVTU first deputy head received 26 million rubles ($452.200) and 150 thousand dollars. In exchange, he patronized Dalzavod Terminal.
Fedorov does not admit his guilt. The official calls himself a victim of a denunciation. His lawyer notes that the accused is going to cooperate with the investigation in order to prove his innocence.
An investigator said at the court that Fedorov had discussed the opportunity to burn the money received from Tikhonov with his wife, RIA Novosti reports. It is unknown whether he managed to do this, however, nothing was found during the search.
Rodion Tikhonov was detained on February 21, 2018 along with a group of people, among whom there was an officer of one of Vladivostok's customs ports. Tikhonov and his associates were accused of Creation a Criminal Organized Group and Participating Therein (parts 1, 2 of Article 210 of the Criminal Code), as well as in Non-Payment of Customs Fees (part 4 of Article 194 of the Criminal Code). According to the investigation, the criminal group was engaged in smuggling of textiles under the guise of cheap construction materials. Currently, all the defendants of the case are in jail.
Recently, the FSB officers visited the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Primorsky District of St. Petersburg. The operatives of the Department M came to the police officers accompanied by the investigator and the search warrant. They were looking for evidence on the fact of falsification of a criminal case. However, a similar situation for the Primorsky Regional Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs is more likely to be a regular show: the staff of the administration and its superiors have appeared in high-profile criminal cases as defendants far too often.