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Russian investigators found a gilded toilet and other luxurious and rare items during a raid on a Moscow palace while chasing a gang of corrupt police officers.
The website of the Russian Commission of Inquiry (SK) published a video clip showing the inside of the huge palace, decorated with luxurious designs and inscriptions, and it was one of the other properties raided as part of the investigation to pursue corrupt police officers.
Russian authorities have arrested the head of traffic police in the southern Stavropol region, Alexei Safonov, along with six other suspects.
The allegations indicate that traffic police received bribes to issue false permits to businesses.
These forged permits allowed company drivers to pass through police checkpoints and transport unauthorized shipments of grain and building materials.
The suspects have not yet responded to the charges against them.
Police forces in the Russian regions of the North Caucasus took part in a large-scale anti-corruption operation. The Commission of Inquiry says it has carried out about 80 house searches, including traffic police stations, and seized large amounts of cash and luxury cars.
The commission, a Russian government body modeled on the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, says the gang led by Safonov has taken bribes over the years amounting to more than 19 million Russian rubles ($255,000).
Safonov could face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty. His predecessor, Alexander Arzhanukhin, a former traffic police chief, was among those arrested.
Alexander Kenstein, a lawmaker from the pro-Kremlin United Russia party, said more than 35 traffic police officers had been arrested in the area.
“In fact, (this formation) was a real kind of mafia operating in Stavropol, taking advantage of everything available: from the license plates of cars sold on the black market and shipping permits to transports of sand,” he wrote on the post. app Telegram.
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