Former colonel of Khakassia police sentenced to 8 years in prison for cryptocurrency bribe
The court found the former head of the department for combating drug trafficking of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Republic of Khakassia guilty in a number of crimes for bribes in the form of cryptocurrency.
The investigation established that in 2018 Yuri Zaitsev contacted the operator of one of the darknet sites involved in the sale of narcotic drugs and, in the course of the correspondence, agreed to arrest and prosecute a person who had stolen from the operator some of the drugs transferred to him for distribution..
The former police officer also provided the operator with classified information about the upcoming operational-search activities and ways to avoid detention..
According to the Main Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of Russia for the Krasnoyarsk Territory and the Republic of Khakassia, for such assistance, Yuri Zaitsev received a bribe in the form of bitcoins in the amount of 52 thousand rubles.
By a court decision, he was sentenced to eight years in prison, fined 156 thousand rubles, banned from holding administrative positions for the next 4 years and stripped of the rank of police lieutenant colonel.
The use of military-technical cooperation in the shadow sector is gaining momentum. Darknet markets have doubled their share over the past year, according to Chainalysis in the total number of bitcoin transactions, and sales volumes with the participation of the leading cryptocurrency increased by 70%.
text: Ivan Malichenko, photo: MK