Head of Bryansk MIA Directorate came under investigation for cigarettes smuggling case
Ex-head of the Department of Economic Security and Anti-Corruption (UEBiPK) of the MIA Directorate in the Bryansk region is also under investigation.
A criminal case under Exceeding Official Powers has been initiated against Head of the MIA Department in Bryansk, Igor Sudarev. This is reported by Bryanskie Novosti.
According to the official site of the Bryansk region ICR, the ex-head of the Department of Economic Security and Anti-Corruption (UEBiPK) of the MIA Directorate in the Bryansk region is also under investigation. His name is not reported.
“According to preliminary data, the officials decided to return seized tobacco products worth about 4,500,000 rubles ($68,805), which was illegally traded in Russia,” a source in the MIA Directorate cites Bryanskie Novosti.
The regional MIA and ICR have yet to provide details of the criminal case and the information on the role of the police chiefs in the crime. Previously, Russian media wrote about the links of police officers with smugglers and corruption schemes, in which the law enforcement agencies of the Bryansk region are involved. This region is located on the border with Ukraine and Belarus. For example, according to RG, some law enforcement officers receive about $300 for escorting a truck with smuggled goods. Up to 30 thousand trucks can cross the border per year.
Igor Sudarev has served in the Ministry of Internal Affairs since 1999. Until 2013, he worked in the criminal investigation. In 2007-2008, he went on business trips to the North Caucasus region. The policeman was awarded the badge “The best criminal police officer.”
Presumably, it concerns the US response to Ukraine’s help in the investigation against Joseph Biden, Trump’s main rival in the 2020 presidential election, who allegedly was in collusion with Kiev during the previous campaign.