The FSB detained the colleague of Colonel Zakharchenko

Dmitry Zakharchenko

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The FSB detained the officer of anti-corruption Central Directorate of interior Ministry Sergei Astafurov, who worked in the office of Colonel Zakharchenko. His prosecution was related to the case against the owner of CHTPZ, says the interlocutor of RBC

The Federal security service detained on Tuesday, February 14, employees of the Main Directorate for economic security and combating corruption of the interior Ministry (Guebipk) of Sergei Astafurov, told RBC a source close to law enforcement. Investigators addressed a petition to the Basmanny court about the arrest Astafurov, told RBC press Secretary of the court Juno Tsarev.

Astafurov worked in the office “T” of the Central Board (deals with crimes in the fuel and energy sector), but he is charged with actions that he committed during the period of work in the management of “M” (is engaged in crimes in sphere of mechanical engineering), said the interlocutor of RBC. According to him, it could be a provocation of a bribe in the case of the owner of the Chelyabinsk pipe rolling plant (CHTPZ) Andrei Komarov, said the interlocutor of RBC. Three sources familiar with the investigation, said that in addition to Astafurova arrested at least one other person, but his name is unknown.

The interior Ministry declined to comment on the detention of the operative. In a press-service of the TFR was asked to send a written request. At the time of publication of the text, the Agency did not respond to a request RBC. In the center of public relations of FSB did not respond to a request RBC.

In March 2014 the owner of CHTPZ Andrei Komarov and his lawyer Alexander Shibanov were detained while trying to bribe the employee of Federal state unitary enterprise “Promresurs”, who learned about the irregularities in the receipt budget of almost 1.8 billion rubles. one of the CHTPZ-controlled companies, reported TFR. This amount, according to investigators, the structure of the tube holding unreasonably received in 2011. To hide it, Komarov and his lawyer tried to bribe the official, proposing a $300 thousand guilty defendants not guilty.

The case was dismissed in February 2016 in connection with “absence of crime”, told RBC lawyer Rustam Kurmaev Komarov. The interlocutors of RBC familiar with the investigation, claimed that the investigation could be terminated because the lawyers were able to prove that officials and law enforcement agencies provoked the entrepreneur for a bribe.

Control “T” was previously headed by Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko, he was arrested on 10 September 2016. He was accused of receiving a bribe, abuse of power and obstruction of the preliminary investigation. During the search in the apartment of the Colonel was more than $120 million and €2 million the Colonel Himself at the same time stated that it has to do with the money is irrelevant. At the end of January the management “T” has been eliminated.

For provocation of bribes and the organization of criminal community on trial the former leaders of the Guebipk Denis Sugrobov and Kolesnikov. According to the prosecution, officers of the Central Board fabricated criminal cases against officials and businessmen to extort bribes from them and to achieve “favourable conditions for controlled legal entities and entrepreneurs”.

Kolesnikov has committed suicide in June 2014, jumping from the window of a building of the Investigative Committee after questioning. Relatives of the former Deputy head Guebipk objected in order to stop criminal case in connection with death, that is, for non-rehabilitation circumstances, so General on trial posthumously.

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