Intimacy, smoking and booze under the “roof” of Evgeny Bykov
On Monday, January 23, an epic investigation of a criminal case against the former head of the Omsk police ended in Omsk Evgenia Bykovaaccused of bribery. The ex-silovik was sent to a strict regime colony for 10 years, and was also charged with a fine of 20 million rubles. The verdict has not entered into force.
The omsk.aif.ru correspondent studied the case file to find out how the law enforcement officer went against the law.
A policeman from Novosibirsk took up a high position in Omsk on October 8, 2019. On this day, 41-year-old Evgeny Bykov was introduced to the personnel Leonid Kolomietswho was then in charge of the regional Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Bykov graduated from the Omsk Law Institute of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia with a degree in law in 1999. Served in law enforcement since 1995. He began his career as a detective, then held various positions in the line of the criminal investigation and public order protection.
The previous head of the Omsk police lasted in his position until the first trick: the former head of the Omsk police department Alexey Merkushov On July 11, 2019, while studying in Moscow, while drunk, he got into a fight with a subway depot driver. After the publicity of the scandalous story, Merkushov was fired from law enforcement agencies.
The second consecutive head of the Omsk Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs also came to resignation: Bykov and his subordinate were caught taking a bribe.
“Friend returned the debt”
In April 2019, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Omsk Region filed criminal case in relation to the head of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs for Omsk Evgeny Bykov and the head of a structural unit of the same department Mikhail Lebedev. They were suspected of taking a bribe on an especially large scale.
According to investigators, Bykov, together with a subordinate through an intermediary, accepted a bribe from a businessman in the amount of more than 3.5 million rubles. for the general patronage and connivance of entrepreneurial activity. The suspects were caught red-handed after receiving the money. A plump pack of banknotes was found in Bykov’s jacket.
Intermediaries in the “alms” for the police colonel, as stated in the case file, were Bykov’s subordinate, the head of the department for the implementation of administrative legislation of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the city of Omsk, Mikhail Lebedev, who subsequently entered into a pre-trial agreement and was sentenced to 2 years and 9 months in prison with a modest a fine of 100 thousand rubles. The second carrier of money from Ignatiev and Zubkov was Bykov’s friend, Sergei Pavlov. About how this happened and under what nicknames Zubkov, Lebedev and Pavlov were hiding during the investigation of the story of one of the witnesses in the case.
“Mikhailov (another intermediary in bribery – ed.), according to him, transferred this money to Bykov and Lebedev, whom he called in conversations either Gus or Bird, and in general the whole amount was allegedly divided into 3-4 people. Mikhailov himself, according to his assurances, took 20-30 thousand rubles for himself. I did not take a penny for myself, since Mikhailov said that I would start receiving my share only after Sergey had promoted his business. I never even counted this money,” the witness assures.
Immediately after the arrest, Bykov and Lebedev were taken to court, which arrested them for two months. Subsequently, the court repeatedly extended the detention of former law enforcement officers.
In January 2022, the investigatory committee completed the investigation of the criminal case. Bykov was accused of committing a crime under Part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (taking a bribe on an especially large scale), Lebedev – under part 4 of Art. 291.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (mediation in bribery).
According to the investigation, the police chief received bribes through Lebedev from the owner of a network of “massage” parlors. Their total amount was about 6.5 million rubles. According to the same scheme, Bykov received a bribe of 480 thousand rubles. from another entrepreneur who illegally sold unlabeled alcohol and tobacco products.
– Yevgeny Ivanovich informed me that he plans to expand this service sector. When Ignatiev heard from me about the prospects for increasing trade turnover – everything is the same, but plus a hotel, a swimming pool, a bathhouse, a sauna, without competitors (Bykov promised to “clean them up” with checks), he was very interested. He planned to build a building for 2 thousand square meters. meters and asked me if there were any acquaintances of high-ranking officials to invest, – said Pavlov.
During the investigation, Lebedev agreed to cooperate and admitted his guilt in full. But Bykov admitted that he took only 100 thousand rubles, and it was, according to him, not a bribe.
Worth mentioning separately Alexandra Ignatieva, which is the owner of the Orange massage parlor network and the founder of Keya-Trade LLC. It was he who gave bribes to the head of the Omsk police.
According to the Unified State Register of Legal Entities, Ignatiev became the director of Keya-Trade LLC in 2016. The revenue of his organization for 2020 amounted to 32 million rubles. “New Omsk” reportsthat in 2019 the businessman fell under a criminal case under the article for organizing prostitution (part 1 of article 241 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). In 2018-2019 the police repeatedly carried out “test purchases”, during which the fact of the provision of sexual services was confirmed.
In court, Ignatiev pleaded guilty and repented before the police and hired masseuses. He asked to stop the criminal case and impose a court fine on him in the amount of not more than 120 thousand rubles. The court dismissed the criminal case against Ignatiev, but left him on bail. The evidence was destroyed. In May 2020, during covid restrictions, salon workers were again fined for providing sexual services under the guise of erotic massage.
On March 4, 2022, the Kirovsky District Court sentenced Mikhail Lebedev. He was sentenced to 2,2 years and 9 months in a penal colony and fined 100,000 rubles. He was also deprived of the right to hold positions in state structures for three years.
Judging by the income statement, Lebedev earned about 750 thousand rubles a year. At the same time, he drove a Toyota Land Cruer SUV, which belonged to his mother, a retired federal judge who retained judicial immunity. Lebedev’s wife owned a foreign car Toyota Camry.
At this time, the prosecutor’s office of the Omsk region drew attention to the apartment of Evgeny Bykov’s daughter, which was purchased with incomprehensible income.
In 2020, the daughter of an ex-silovik entered into an agreement to purchase a share in an apartment of 90 sq.m. worth 5.2 million rubles. At the same time, the girl studied at a university and did not have a permanent source of income. The results of the prosecutor’s check showed that Bykov and his wife had no legal means to pay the entire amount under the contract. The former police officer and his wife tried to put forward the version that most of the money contributed to the share was received from relatives and a family friend. But this version was not confirmed.
The Bykov family, disagreeing with the seizure of the apartment, filed several appeals. In the end, the Eighth Cassation Court of General Jurisdiction confirmed the legality of the decision to seize property.
Mikhail Lebedev, counting on leniency in sentencing, concluded a cooperation agreement. Fulfilling his conditions, he pleaded guilty and testified against his former leader Yevgeny Bykov. The trial of Mikhail Lebedev was held separately. In March 2022, he was sentenced to two years and nine months in a general regime colony and a fine of 100,000 rubles.
As it became known to Kommersant, the former policeman was recently released on parole and now works in a commercial company. During the investigation and the trial, the ex-head of the city department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs denied guilt, claiming that witnesses had slandered him.
The collapse of the family
In June 2022, Yevgeny Bykov was to be interrogated as part of a trial in a bribery case. But the meeting was postponed due to the condition of the accused: the ex-silovik got sick right in the courtroom, from where he was taken away by ambulance. In total, Bykov was taken away in an ambulance from the meeting room three times.
On the eve of the announcement of the verdict, it became known that Evgeny Bykov was divorcing his wife Natalya. By BK55 information, she filed for divorce and division of property. Since the seized Kia Sportage car belongs to her, the lawyer of the former head of the Omsk police asked to return the foreign car and the seized flash drives to Natalya, and their daughter’s laptop. However, Bykov himself is more concerned about the confiscated apartment.
The moral of the fable is this: everything secret one day becomes clear. The criminal scheme, which has been working for years, was revealed, and its participants suffered a well-deserved punishment. It remains to be asked why Mr. Bykov and his colleague risked their positions? To get imaginary financial well-being? Reputation after a scandal of this magnitude will not work.