Krasnodar, 16 January – Yug Times. Our toady’s interviewee is Lieutenant General of Justice Vadim Bugaenko, Head of the Krasnodar Regional Office of Investigations of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation.
Q.: Recently, the Russian Criminal Code was supplemented with a new clause, “Acquisition of supereminence in the criminal hierarchy,” otherwise known as “a code-bound criminal.” Have there been any criminal cases opened under this clause yet?
A.: We were one of the first in Russia to open a criminal case under this clause. Who I am speaking of is the person that announced in a video record that he occupied the supreme stage in the hierarchy in the criminal world. Of course, the announcement itself was not enough. The FSB officers did scrupulous work to prove that that man really was connected with the criminal world. Currently the case is being investigated, and we will do our best to bring it to court.
Q.: Did the total number of crimes rise in the region?
A.: In 2019, the number of reported crimes grew insignificantly - their number was 25,246 against 24,805 in 2018. Following their consideration, the investigators opened 3,369 criminal cases. On the whole, 5,408 criminal cases were being examined during the year, of which 3,072 cases were completed. The detection rate for murders was 94.47%, which was above the national average; that for wilful grievous bodily harm resulting in death through negligence was 99.01%; that for sexual assaults - 100%.
Q.: And what about corruption-related crimes?
A.: The statistics shows some growth of this type of crimes: in 2019, we had 604 reports of corruption (an 0.2% rise), and opened 409 criminal cases (a 4.7% rise). Altogether, the regional Office of Investigation was dealing with 547 corruption-related criminal cases, namely giving of bribe (49), acceptance of bribe (36), and fraud (30). Most of the corrupt officials were detected in police (40 officers, 50 crimes), in governmental and municipal establishments (28 officers, 59 crimes), and in local self-governing bodies. In particular, five heads of municipalities became subjects of criminal cases in 2019.
Q.: What were the highest-profile criminal cases?
A.: One of such cases was an attempted murder of entrepreneurs in Anapa and Tuapse which was efficiently dealt with by our investigators jointly with regional FSB officers and Russian Guard Troop Service officers who detained the suspects. They were hirelings from Ukraine. The court sentenced Vozhzhov and Seredenko to 16 years in prison and a 200,000 rouble fine, and Saakian to eight years. The mastermind behind the crime is on the international wanted list.
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