MOSCOW, April 19 (RAPSI, Yevgeniya Sokolova) – The Moscow District Military Court has upheld a lower court’s ruling to extend detention of Vlad Novikov, former officer of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), who stands charged with taking a 5-million-ruble bribe ($77,000), attorney Dagir Khasavov told RAPSI on Wednesday.
Novikov will stay in jail until June 6, 2017.
Earlier, investigation into the case against Novikov and Karen Krayukhin, an officer still in FSB service, has been also extended until June 6.
As previously reported, Novikov and Krayukhin have been arrested on suspicion of taking a bribe from the Turkish construction firm Esta Construction.
Esta Construction lawyer Valerian Kochergin, who has been recognized as victim in the case, has filed a 10-million-ruble civil lawsuit against defendants. He seeks 5 million rubles ($77,000) in compensation for property damage and 5 million rubles in moral damages.
Investigators claim that Esta Construction has been fined over 37 million rubles ($570,000) for violation of migration legislation. The company’s lawyer in order to avoid payment of the fine asked the defendants for help in the termination of the case for 5 million rubles ($77,000).
Esta Construction is a contracting company established by Bahattin Demirbilek in Moscow in 2006 and operating as a general contractor and project designer in international construction market, the firm’s website says.