In the area of the airport Kurumoch of Samara city with tagged bills, 36-year-old Vera Rabinovich, head of the department on crimes in the economy of the State Administration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for the Samara region, was detained. The clerk in uniform, known by the nickname “ATM”, loved the luxurious life, moved to an expensive foreign car, attended social events, dressed in branded boutiques and even appeared in a glossy magazine advertising the clothing collection of the famous Italian fashion house Emporio Armani. And the colonel of justice is credited with being close to a local gang.
Bribe from a «stranger»
Vera Rabinovich was detained red-handed while receiving a large bribe in the amount of 2.5 million rubles. In the operational video, which was published by the press service of the ICR, one can see how the hands of official in shoulder straps, stained with paint from marked bills, shine. A criminal case was initiated against the Colonel of Justice under Part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code (receiving a bribe), Part 3, Art. 30 of the Criminal Code (attempted crime) and Part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (fraud on a large scale). However, the protection of Rabinovich is trying to reduce everything to the fact of fraud: it threatens her with a less long term of punishment.
At the court, where the preventive measure was chosen, the head of the department for crimes in the field of economics of the GSU regional central board of the Ministry of Internal Affairs acknowledged the fact of receiving a bribe. Despite this, the judge of the Samara District Court, Dmitry Derunov, sent Rabinovich to the SIZO for at least two months — until February 18, 2019.
Vera Rabinovich in court
The representative of the investigation substantiated the petition for arrest, in particular, that Rabinovich, having extensive experience in law enforcement, could impede the investigation, working out a common position with the other two suspects in the criminal case, get rid of the evidence of her guilt, thereby avoiding punishment to hide.
During the trial, Rabinovich stated that she was unfamiliar with the bribe-giver personally and that he tried to transfer money to her repeatedly.
“I am charged with fraud against a person whom I have never known and could not have known and who is close to the criminal community. I did not investigate criminal cases against him, but he repeatedly tried to give me a bribe. I knew about it. I initially cooperate with the preliminary investigation bodies, I do not deny that I took the money”, — she said.
Apparently, another attempt to «persuade» to take the money, the officer could not resist. However, the investigation believes that Rabinovich misled the victim regarding her abilities as head of the department of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for the Samara Region. In other words, she could not have influenced the adoption of a procedural decision in a criminal case.
“My client does not have the opportunity and was not going to hide anywhere or to somehow counteract the investigation. From the moment of her arrest, she chose the position of admitting guilt in full. And all the testimony that was given, allow us to make an objective picture of what happened. And the fact that she will be held in custody will only complicate the procedure for conducting investigative actions and will not help the investigation in any way”, — said lawyer Alexander Makarov.
The lawyer and his client asked the court to choose a measure of restraint in the form of house arrest, having motivated this request by the fact that Rabinovich has a young child. Nevertheless, the representative of the prosecutor’s office appealed to the court with a request to support the petition of the arrest investigation. Lawyer Alexander Makarov intends to appeal this ruling.
From hand to hand
“Criminal Russia” found out that the bribe in the amount of 2.5 million rubles received by Vera Rabinovich was only the first part of the general corruption tranche: in general, the Samara businessman Zelimkhan Temirkhanov had to pay 20 million rubles so that the police officer would influence the direction of the criminal case in which he was passed by the victim to the court (in accordance with Art. 220 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of the Russian Federation). In other words, Rabinovich had to change the course of the case, namely: turn the investigation in favor of Temirkhanov. It is known that the investigation has confirmation of the fact of the negotiations, which deals with the sum of 20 million. Zelimkhan Temirkhanov did not appear at the court hearing: according to the local media, he sent a letter to the court in which he stated that he was afraid for his safety. It is known that he asked the state of protection as an important witness.
Zelimkhan Temirkhanov is a former co-owner of OJSC “Togliatti Brick Factory”, he has been in conflict with Andrey Kichaev, the owner of the “Remetall” group of companies, for a long time. According to the Samara media, in 2012 Temirkhanov lent Kichaev 150 million rubles. The process of transferring money and signing the loan agreement took place in the Togliatti TRC «Sputnik». Temirkhanov gave Kichaev money for three years at 3% per annum. However, the debtor did not return the borrowed funds to his creditor, and in May 2017 the department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Stavropol district began checking upon the victim’s application to initiate a criminal case. According to sources of “Criminal Russia”, Rabinovich allegedly demanded money for further “forceful pressing” of Kichaev. Temirkhanov, in turn, for some reason decided not to pay and appealed to the FSS.
Andrey Kichaev allegedly owed 150 million rubles to Zelimkhan Temirkhanov
The first part of the bribe amounted to 10 million rubles — this was the so-called advance. As part of the operational experiment in a cafe located in the building of the airport of the city of Samara, the money was transferred to an intermediary. That, in turn, on the same day, transferred part of the money in the amount of 2.5 million rubles to another intermediary, who transferred this amount to the head of the department of the Main Directorate of the Central Administration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for the Samara Region. In total, through two intermediaries, only 2.5 million reached Rabinovich.
2.5 million rubles found in Vera Rabinovich after the transfer. Operational shooting
Glowing hands of the corrupt
Vera Rabinovich is now being tested for involvement in other corruption-related crimes. On this fact, the head of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation for the Samara Region, Lieutenant General of Police Alexander Vinnikov, appointed a service check. If her guilt is proved, she will be dismissed from the internal affairs bodies due to discrediting circumstances and will be held accountable in accordance with the current legislation, and her leaders will be brought to strict disciplinary responsibility.
And who are the middlemen?
Within the framework of this case, the alleged accomplices of Vera Rabinovich, 56-year-old Vitaliy Prokofiev and 52-year-old Zhanna Nazarova, were arrested in relation to whom a criminal case under part 4 of Art. 291-1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (mediation of bribery on a large scale).
In the courtroom, Vitaliy Prokofiev constantly hid his face
Zhanna Nazarova transferred 2.5 million rubles to Vera Rabinovich
The court released the director of the Togliatti “Bester” company, Vitaliy Prokofiev, from leaving the house from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am and leaving Tolyatti, as well as communicating with the participants of the trial, making non-work calls, etc. Zhanna Nazarova was identified under house arrest. Both defendants confessed to mediation in bribery. According to investigators, Prokofiev received 10 million rubles for the transfer, transferring from this sum to Nazarova only 2.5 million rubles, which she transferred to Rabinovich.
Vera Rabinovich — the daughter of ordinary teachers, a graduate of the Samara Law Institute of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. She came to the authorities in the mid-2000s: first she headed the investigative unit at the Department of Internal Affairs of the city of Novokuybyshevsk, Samara Region, and later was appointed head of the control and methodological department for economic crimes in Samara. In less than 10 years, she has become one of the region’s leading investigators. In September of this year, she received the rank of colonel of justice. According to the information of the Telegram-channel «Nezygar», Vera Rabinovich was known in Samara, nicknamed «ATM». Probably for the correct reception of payments that later led her to jail.
36-year-old Rabinovich has served in authority for over 10 years
At the service, Vera Rabinovich was always characterized positively. According to colleagues, with her direct participation many corruption crimes were exposed. She is married to entrepreneur Andrey Minaev, has a three-year-old daughter.
The husband modestly commented on the situation on the Russia 24 TV channel: “When the child was 9 months old, she went to work, because she did her best, loved her work, and was very careful about it. Regarding what they say, she has attained certain posts in some kind of protege, I don’t think so”.
Husband of Vera Rabinovich
Despite such a respectable position, Rabinovich led a rather active life, drove a luxury foreign car, attended social events, dressed in branded boutiques and even starred in a glossy magazine advertising the clothing collection of the famous Italian fashion house Emporio Armani.
In addition to receiving a bribe, Vera Rabinovich is suspected of having links with local criminal groups, in particular with the organized criminal group “Indians”. According to the available information, local residents often saw the Mercedes car belonging to her near the restaurant, where representatives of this group gathered. They saw Rabinovich in the company with them, who, of course, did not advertise her pastime.
The organized crime group “Indians” is a criminal group that originated in Novokuybyshevsk, where, as we remember, Rabinovich began her career. The “Indians” lead the criminal oil industry, controlling part of the oil milling, and are the so-called “black gold hunters”. For a long time, the organized criminal group “protected” the “thief in law” Dmitry Galeyev, aka Galyei, who is now serving a long prison term.
Galyei at the court
One of the scandals with the participation of «Indians» took place in 2009 around the Novokuybyshevsk tank farm LLC “Coral”. Then the “Indians” tried to carry out a raider seizure of the enterprise, which was owned by entrepreneur Yuriy Bochkarev — a member of the local organized criminal group “Shcherbakov”, competing with the “Indians”. It is believed that a number of participants in the organized crime group «Indians» occupy senior positions in petroleum companies. The “financial brain” of the group is a businessman and politician Veniamin Velman. It also includes such well-known criminal personalities of Novokuybyshevsk as Sergey Platonov (Plato), Sergey Kopylov (Koba), Alexander Samsonov (Som) and Oleg Svyatozarov (Afanasy).
However, the Samara researchers of the “Indians” organized criminal group believe that the information about it is contradictory and confusing, since all the oil cutters of the Samara region and even the oil producers from other parts of the country are included in this organized criminal group. The locals are sure that black-shaded hunters are covered by officials in uniform.
“Speaking in the language of the “Indian expert”, there are sources (pipelines) in the region and there are numerous Indian tribes (cutters). And these wild, uncontrolled tribes constantly raid these sources and steal water (oil products). Each tribe has its own connections, its leaders. But they are not organized. It is rather just the Indians, but not OCG, although recently it has become more logical in the press to call them not OCG, but OCF or OCS. In short, they confused all people. So, I dare say, all these tribes (groups) have only one link, which they can still unite in the organized criminal group. But this… people in uniform… There is a systematic theft of petroleum products by various criminal groups that are «covered» by corrupt officials in uniform and in government. And therefore it is very beneficial to create an image of a powerful and organized crime group, with which, as with a multi-headed hydra, our law enforcement system is struggling stubbornly. And the struggle goes to life, and to death!”, — says the Samara blogger Oleg Ivanets, who studies this subject (spelling preserved. – ed.).
What was the friendship of Vera Rabinovich with the local “authorities”, we think, the investigation will find out. As well as why such piquant connections of the investigator in no way prevented her from working in the bodies, receiving encouragement in the form of new titles and being the favorite of the leadership of the investigative department. One thing is clear: Vera’s Rabinovich rapid career will obviously slow down, since she faces up to 15 years in prison.