Investigation into murder of Russian penitentiary official who fought corruption complete
MOSCOW, August 13 (RAPSI) – Investigation into a criminal case against Sabir Sadykov charged with killing Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) official, Colonel Nikolay Chernov, has been completed, the Main Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee for St. Petersburg has told RAPSI.
According to investigators, Chernov, the head of the technical supervision department for the FSIN’s St. Petersburg Directorate, was murdered in order to hide corruption crimes that took place during construction of a new detention center in the region.
The defendant admitted guilt in full and made a pre-trial deal with investigators. The case will be forwarded to a court soon.
Investigators believe that in late 2016 Sadykov was approached by ex-deputy chief of the FSIN St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region directorate Sergey Moiseyenko, who proposed to kill Chernov, after the latter began to counteract corruption plans of Moiseyenko. In turn, Sadykov received a gun and ammunition from Igor Zakharov.
The case documents read that in March 2017 Sadykov appointed a meeting with Chernov on a highway. On March 2, the defendant allegedly shot the victim, who died in a hospital on March 7.
The criminal case against Moiseyenko and Zakharov is nearly complete.
Moiseyenko also stands charged with taking bribes from CEO of Petroinvest company engaged in the construction of a detention center Ruslan Khamkhokov and other businessmen Viktor Kudrin.
According to investigation, in March 2010, then deputy chief of the FSIN St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region directorate Sergey Moiseyenko promised Khamkhokov, to assist in execution of necessary documents on rendered services during the construction of a local pretrial detention center for the money reward in the amount of not less than 10% each transfer of funds allocated for the work performance to the Petroinvest accounts. Investigators claim that from March 2010 to August 2015, Khamkhokov gave about 350 million rubles ($5.2 million) to Moiseyenko through intermedia.
According to case papers, from 2007 to 2015, the Federal Penitentiary Service’s (FSIN) St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region directorate and General Building Company headed by Kudrin signed contracts on the construction of a pretrial detention center. The company allegedly received over 12.3 billion rubles ($213.5 million) as payment for its services but did not fulfilled its obligations. Investigators claim that Kudrin violated contract provisions and embezzled over 56.5 million rubles ($980,000).
As reported earlier, between May 2007 and December 2012, Nikolay Barinov, then FSIN deputy director and supervisor of building a detention facility in St. Petersburg, regularly received bribes from top managers of firms engaged in the construction.
In particular, he promised Khamkhokov and Kudrin, to assist in execution of necessary documents on rendered services for the money reward in the amount of not less than 12% of each funds transfer of funds allocated for the work performance to the companies’ accounts. The construction companies’ heads transferred the money through Moiseyenko.