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The Arkhangelsk and Nenets Regional Investigations Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation has pressed charges against Head of the Arkhangelsk and Nenets Regional Directorate of the Federal Tax Service Sergey Rodionov for committing an offense under Part 6 of Article 290 of the Criminal Code of Russia (bribe-taking committed by a public officer through a mediator, on an especially large scale), as well as against a representative of a commercial entity suspected of committing an offense under Part 4 of Article 291.1 of the Criminal Code of Russia (mediation in bribery on an especially large scale).
According to the investigation, from April through November 2019, the convict extorted and received a bribe of 8.5 million rubles through the mediator in Arkhangelsk and St. Petersburg. The bribe was intended for the commission of illegal activities in favor of the bribe-giver and persons represented by him, including reduction of amounts of wage arrears, penalties, and fines assessed during a field tax inspection of a commercial organization engaged in collecting and processing metal scrap. Apart from that, the remuneration was required for granting the possibility to pay the wage arrears, penalties, and fines in installments through a settlement agreement with the Arkhangelsk and Nenets Regional Directorate of the Federal Tax Service and for facilitating the actions through the official position of the bribe-taker.
The bribe-taker and the mediator were detained by officers of the Arkhangelsk Regional Directorate of the Federal Security Service while handing over another part of the bribe of 1 million rubles. In this, the part of the bribe intended for the mediator was to be withdrawn from an ATM.
At the moment, investigative actions are being conducted to determine all the circumstances of the committed offense. During searches at the places of residence of Rodionov and his close relatives, the investigation seized over 10 million rubles. Information on his bank accounts movement is being checked.
The launched probe was based on materials of operative and search activities provided by the Arkhangelsk Regional Directorate of the Federal Security Service. The investigative actions were carried out in interaction with the Central Office of the Russian Federal Tax Service.
The court has granted the investigative motion to place the convicts in custody. The criminal investigation is ongoing.
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