An investigation into bribery by Russian police has found a number of luxury items, including gold-plated toilets, in an official’s large building. Russian investigators say they have cracked down on a gang of corrupt police. The BBC reported on Wednesday.
A video has been published on the website of The Investigative Committee (SK). Several installations, including a large building, have been raided.
Six people, including Colonel Alexei Safonov, the head of traffic police in the southern Stavropol region, have been arrested. There are allegations against the traffic police for taking bribes by giving fake permission to various commercial establishments.
With this permission, drivers can cross police checkpoints with cargo of unauthorized grains and construction materials. Defendants have not yet commented on the allegations.
Police in Russia’s North Caucasus region are taking part in the crackdown. SK said they raided 60 places. During the operation, they seized large sums of cash and luxury cars.
Russia’s SK, like the US FBI, says the ring has been active for several years. Has seized 19 million rubles as bribe.
If convicted, Safonov could face up to 15 years in prison. His predecessor, Alexander Arzhanukhin, was also arrested.
Alexander Khinstein, an MP from the pro-Kremlin United Russia party, said more than 35 traffic police officers had been detained in the region.