Russian court lifts arrest on property of deceased anti-corruption official
MOSCOW, January 31 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court has lifted arrest on property belonging to the family of deceased high-ranking official within the Interior Ministry's Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Department, Boris Kolesnikov, RIA Novosti reported on Tuesday.
Kolesnikov, former deputy of the Department’s head, Lieutenant General Denis Sugrobov, was a defendant in a criminal case over alleged organization of a criminal group along with his superior. He was arrested in February 2014. In June, he fell out of a window during questioning at the Investigative Committee. Later, the Basmanny District Court said no evidence was found of assisted suicide.
According to investigators, Sugrobov and Kolesnikov tried to provoke a Federal Security Service (FSB) officer by offering him $10,000 a month for his protection. Sugrobov was charged with organizing a criminal group, abuse of power and bribery last May. In total, 10 defendants are involved in this case with case materials making 393 volumes. Thirty persons are recognized as aggrieved parties, thirteen of whom seek to recover in total 218 million rubles (about $3.5 million) from the defendants.
Sugrobov’s lawyer Eduard Isetsky said that prosecution did not found corruption in actions of the defendants and asked the court to lift arrest on property of Kolesnikov’s mother and his former lawyer Georgy Antonov. He added that victims in this case abandoned their financial claims against the defendants.