Court rules that Russian police general’s death was non-criminal
MOSCOW, August 1 (RAPSI) – The Basmanny District Court in Moscow said it had not found evidence of incitement to suicide in the death of the former deputy head of the Interior Ministry’s Main Anti-Corruption Directorate, Boris Kolesnikov, court press secretary Anna Fadeyeva told RIA Novosti on Friday.
Boris Kolesnikov was arrested in February this year and jumped to his death out the window of the Investigative Committee building in June.
“The court has dismissed the request filed by Kolesnikov’s lawyer, Sergei Chizhikov, that it instruct the investigators to open a criminal case into the general’s death,” Fadeyeva said.
Major General Kolesnikov, his former chief, Denis Sugrobov, and other ex-colleagues are defendants in an abuse of authority case. According to investigators, they attempted to extort money from an officer of the Federal Security Service (FSB). They had planned to pass as businessmen to offer the unidentified FSB officer $10,000 a month in protection money.
Kolesnikov allegedly authorized the provocation.
Kolesnikov’s defense lawyers wanted the court to order an investigation of his death and the strange circumstances surrounding it.