Head of Board of Danilovsky district, Moscow suspected of attempted bribery

The Moscow investigating bodies of the Russia’s Investigative Committee have launched criminal proceedings against Head of Board of Danilovsky district, Moscow Alexander Soldatkin and main specialist of the consumer market and services office in the same Board Viktoria Kalinichenko. Soldatkin is suspected of bribe-taking on an especially large scale (part 3 of article 30, paragraph “c” of part 5 of article 290 of the RF Criminal Code), Kalinichenko – of mediation in bribe-taking (paragraph “b” of part 3 of article 291.1 of the RF Criminal Code).

According to investigators, in January 2012, Soldatkin entered a criminal conspiracy with Kalinichenko with the purpose to illegally get money from CEO of a commercial organization, owning a non-stationary commercial facility. Kalinichenko ought to have been a mediator, offering the CEO to give through her to Solodkin a bribe of 155 thousand rubles. For her services as a mediator the woman wanted to get 80 thousand rubles. In case the money was paid the official promised not to take any measures as to stop commercial activity of an unauthorized commercial facility. In addition Kalinichenko said to the businessman about possibility to re-make the lease of the non-stationary commercial facility.

Investigators have found that Soldatkin was obliged to take measures to prevent illegal placement and to stop commercial activity of non-stationary commercial facilities. He had no powers to allow changing the line of business of non-stationary commercial facilities.

During joint operations carried out investigators and employees of Federal Security Service Directorate for Moscow and the Moscow Region and Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Southern Administrative District of Moscow the suspects were detained.

At present the issue of placing the suspects into custody as a pre-trial restraining measure is under discussion. Investigation is to be continued.