MOSCOW, July 19 (RAPSI) – Prosecutor Igor Potapov on Thursday demanded to sentence former high-ranking investigator Alexander Lamonov involved in a bribery case to 6 years in prison.

Moreover, a fine amounting to nearly 32 million rubles ($504,000) was requested as a punishment for the defendant, the prosecutor told RAPSI. According to prosecution, Lamonov is also to be prohibited from holding positions in the government for 3 years and stripped of colonelship.

Sentencing of Lamonov has been scheduled for July 26. Earlier, the defendant has pleaded guilty.

Lamonov, ex-First Deputy Head of the Investigative Committee’s Moscow Directorate, General Denis Nikandrov and ex-chief of the Investigative Committee’s Internal Security Directorate Mikhail Maksimenko have been arrested and detained as part of a case over extortion of 8 million rubles (about $138,000 at the current exchange rate) that involved an alleged gang leader Zakhariy Kalashov. In addition, investigators believe that they extorted 10 million rubles (about $170,000) from a head of a large joint-stock company. The defendants denied their communications with Kalashov.

On April 20, Maksimenko was found guilty of taking two bribes and received 13 years in prison. The defendant was also fined 165 million rubles ($2.8 million).

According to prosecutors, in 2016, Maksimenko and his accomplice received $500,000 bribe for help with one of criminal cases. He was also charged with taking $50,000 bribe in 2015 for organizing unlawful criminal prosecution of law enforcement officers in the interests of a bribe-giver.