Moscow investigator detained on suspicion of taking $1 mln bribe
MOSCOW, May 27 (RAPSI) - The Presnensky District Court of Moscow on Wednesday ordered the detention until July 25 of Moscow investigator Sergei Sergeyev who stands charged with taking a $1 million bribe, a RAPSI correspondent reports from the courtroom.
The court has thus supported prosecutors’ allegations that Sergeyev attempted to evade the investigation and influence witnesses and victims.
The defendant complained about severe headaches, the result of a trauma, and asked the court not to place him in detention. His defense lawyer insisted on house arrest.
Sergeyev’s case has become the most high-profile corruption scandal in the Moscow investigative agency. According to the Federal Security Service, Sergei Sergeyev, an investigator at the Izmailovo office of the Main Directorate of the Investigative Committee, was investigating a criminal case between March and May when he allegedly took a bribe in exchange for not taking procedural action. Specifically, he is said to have told a representative of a Moscow bank that he would not authorize a bank audit or hold bank management liable. He wanted $1 million for this, according to investigators.
Sergeyev was arrested on Tuesday by the Federal Security Service in his office as he allegedly received the bribe from the bank’s lawyer. He is currently charged with attempted bribe-taking.