Russian Interior Forces
The chief medic of Russia’s Interior Forces, Major General Yury Sabanin, has been accused of allegedly extorting a bribe from a state-owned manufacturer of medical equipment, Polyus, that had secured a contract with the Interior Ministry.
The bribe was allegedly the equivalent to 3.5% of the 100-million-rouble contract and was provided in return for the promise of future contracts.
Major General Sabanin allegedly received the first part of the bribe in January 2012 which equated to one million roubles. He was then intercepted by the Chief Economic Security Department of the Russian Ministry and the Federal Security Service whilst allegedly receiving the rest of the bribe which amounted to 2.5 million roubles.
According to a Russian Investigative Committee spokesman, when it became apparent Major General Sabanin was going to be detained he tried to dispose of a suitcase full of money by throwing it out the window after locking himself in a bathroom. The spokesman also revealed that “During initial investigations the detainee faked a heart attack. But ambulance doctors who had arrived did not confirm this diagnosis”.
Major General Sabanin denies the allegations.