MOSCOW, February 26 – RIA Novosti. The second western district military court sentenced former FSB investigators Alexei Kolbov and Sergei Belousov to 12 and 9 years in prison, respectively, for extorting $ 1 million worth of bitcoins from the ex-head of Izvestia Publishing House Erast Galumov, RIA Novosti correspondent reports from the courtroom.
The prosecutor requested 13 years in prison for Kolbov and 10 years for Belousov. The prosecutor also suggested that the court should deprive them of their military ranks, but not impose fines. “To impose a sentence of imprisonment in a strict regime colony,” the judge announced the verdict. In addition, the officers were stripped of the ranks of Major and Captain of Justice.
“Cryptocurrency bitcoins … confiscate,” – the judge determined the fate of material evidence.
We are talking about two transactions – just over 4 bitcoins and 0.1 bitcoins. As of today, their cost is nearly 200 thousand dollars, or about 15 million rubles.
As the participants in the process explained to RIA Novosti, bitcoins are on the flash drive, which is attached to the case file.
Where the money will go next is not known at the moment. As a rule, confiscated bribes are turned into state revenue, but the technical side of the issue remains unclear. “As far as I understand, it is technically impossible to turn them into state revenue, in my opinion,” lawyer Nadezhda Savelyeva explained to RIA Novosti.
According to the prosecution, the officers extorted bitcoins in connection with the criminal case of businessman Erast Galumov, which was being investigated.
In November last year, the Gagarinsky court in Moscow sentenced Galumov to six years in a general regime colony, found guilty of major fraud. According to the prosecution, Galumov and other persons involved in the case drew up fictitious contracts for the dismantling of printing equipment and work on power supply.
Galumov is the former general director of FSUE Izvestia Publishing House, publisher of Mir and Politics, Moscow-Beijing magazines, one of the founders of the Blockchain Village group (an association of Russian and foreign companies and research groups to promote the blockchain system).
In 1992, Izvestia was divided into two enterprises: FSUE Izvestia Publishing House, which became part of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation, and Izvestia newspaper editorial office, which prepared and published the national daily Izvestia newspaper. On June 6, 2011, the publication of the Izvestia newspaper was taken over by Aynews LLC.