Former head of drug control in Khakassia convicted of bribe in bitcoins

The Khakassky court passed a verdict in the case of the former head of the department for combating drug trafficking. He was sentenced to 8 years in prison for accepting a bribe in Bitcoin.

The former head of the department for combating illicit drug trafficking was found guilty under part 3 of article 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation “Receipt of a bribe by an official in the form of other property in a significant amount” (bitcoins) and part 1 of article 283 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation “Disclosure of state secrets”.

The investigation established that at the end of 2018, the ex-policeman communicated with the operator of an illegal online drug store. The latter asked the ex-policeman for help in finding and arresting the “mortgagee” who stole some of the drugs. For this, the former head of the department was offered a reward in the form of 52 thousand rubles in bitcoins.

Also, the policeman shared with the operator of the online store data on plans to conduct raids and searches, and this information is a state secret. At the same time, it was not possible to establish the identity of the operator of the online drug store.

The court sentenced the former policeman to imprisonment for a term of 8 years and a fine of 156 thousand rubles.

In August, the head of the Main Directorate for Regional Security (GURB) of the Moscow Region, Roman Karatayev, said that the adopted law “On Digital Financial Assets” (CFA) would solve the problem of bribes in cryptocurrencies.

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