In St. Petersburg, the chief of the Vyborg police was sent to a pre-trial detention center in connection with a bribery case.

In St. Petersburg, the head of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Vyborg district of the Leningrad region, Roman Ilyin, was taken into custody. He is accused of receiving a bribe on an especially large scale as part of an organized group (Part 6 of Article 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The decision to place a police official in a pre-trial detention center was made by the Primorsky District Court at the request of the investigation. The defendant himself does not admit his guilt. As specified in the joint press service Petersburg courts, the accused was given a preventive measure until January 12, 2024.

The head of the Vyborg police was detained by security forces early in the morning of Monday, November 13, near his home in Vyborg. The case file states that from 2020 to 2022, Roman Ilyin, as head of the department of economic security and anti-corruption, received monthly remuneration for patronage from persons who illegally cut down trees in the territory controlled by the district department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The total amount of bribes, according to investigators, amounted to about 8 million rubles.

Let us add that at the end of October, in a similar case, there was detained Vladimir Katanovich, who at that time held the position of head of the economic police department for the Vyborg region. He was charged with abuse of power. And in September, the director of the North-Western forestry, Natalya Mishchenkova, was taken into custody.

Read the details in the Kommersant-SPb article “The Leningrad region is becoming overgrown with forest affairs.”

Andrey Kucherov, St. Petersburg

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