A video released by the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation shows a villa in the city of Stavropol, which is full of pomp and luxury. Chandeliers, ceiling panels, freestanding bathtubs—every piece of furniture is gilded, even the toilet.
The owner is Alexei Safonov, 45, the head of the local traffic police. The official is said to have built the Protz-Palast Hotel with the help of bribes. It was said that he and several employees of his agency accepted bribes amounting to 19 million Russian rubles, equivalent to 240,000 francs. According to RIA news agency, the corrupt gang has now been exposed. Safonov faces up to 15 years in prison.
Unhindered transport of goods
According to the investigative committee, Safonov and his men issued identification cards for years. They distributed it in cash to truck drivers who transported grain and other goods in the Stavropol region.
These “VIP” permits allowed drivers to transport goods unhindered, including through the checkpoints of the State Traffic Police in Stavropol.
Detainee Safonov says that the house belongs to his wife. “I moved into this house five years ago and it has already been built.” At the time she was already living in the house and it was set up accordingly, he said. He added, “I wouldn’t have done a number of things out there. They all have their own taste.” (Bra)
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