21 Jul 2021
The Investigative Committee (SK) website has a video showing extravagant interiors in a huge mansion, among many properties raided.
Col Alexei Safonov, head of traffic police in the southern Stavropol region, was arrested with six others.
Traffic police allegedly took bribes for issuing fake permits to businesses.
The permits allegedly enabled drivers to pass through police checkpoints with unauthorised cargoes of grain and building materials.
The accused have not yet commented on the charges.
Police forces across Russia’s North Caucasus were involved in the anti-corruption operation. The SK says it conducted about 80 searches – including in traffic police offices – and seized large quantities of cash, as well as luxury cars.
Read more at BBC
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