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A Former Head Of Lukashenko's Security Service, Andrey Vtyurin, Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison

A Former Head Of Lukashenko's Security Service, Andrey Vtyurin, Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison

The court found guilty former Deputy Secretary of State of the Security Council of Belarus Andrey Vtyurin of taking a bribe of $192 thousand and sentenced him to 12 years in prison.

"Andrey Vtyurin, Deputy state Secretary of the Security Council of the Republic of Belarus, was found guilty of taking a bribe of $192 thousand – 12 years of imprisonment in a high-security colony, deprived of the rank of Colonel, confiscation of $192 thousand," the portal reported from the hall of the Supreme court tut.by.

In the past, Vtyurin was also the head of the security service of the President of Belarus.

The court also passed sentences against other defendants in the "Vtyurin case."

According to the court decision, former Chairman of the Board of JSC "Belarusian interbank settlement center" Felix Kasperovich was found guilty of receiving bribes in the total amount of at least $868,75 thousand together with Andrey Podgorny and was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison.

The former Deputy head of the Main information technology Department of the National Bank of Belarus was found guilty of receiving bribes in the total amount of at least $868,75 thousand together with Kasperovich and was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison with the confiscation of $526 thousand. It is reported that the remaining amount has already been repaid.

Former Director-General of RUE Beltelecom Sergey Sivodedov was found guilty of taking a bribe in the amount of at least $470 thousand and 15 thousand euros and was sentenced to 7 years in prison.

The court found that Vladimir Zhilin, the actual head of the company "Mobile service" (Minsk) in the form of bribes handed over more than $900 thousand, and for this, he was sentenced to 4 years in prison.

Yuri Ponomarev, a former Executive Director of Belveb Bank, was found guilty of paying a bribe of $13 thousand, as well as receiving property benefits in the amount of 1 thousand pounds and was sentenced to 3 years in prison.

Former Director of the Information and computing center of the Ministry of Finance Yuri Zdanevich was sentenced to 7 years in prison for taking a bribe of $82.5 thousand.

Alexey Milovanov, former head of the Information Security Department of the Security Department of JSC ASB Belarusbank, was found guilty of taking a bribe in the amount of $27 thousand and sentenced to 6 years in prison.

Two Russian citizens – Vitaly Gorbachev (a representative of the companies "SmartLabs" and "UMMC-Telecom") and Vladimir Kazantsev (also a representative of these companies) were found guilty of transferring a bribe of $190 thousand and sentenced to 2 years in prison each.

The former head of the Main Department of the payment system and digital technologies of the National Bank Igor Kudasov was found guilty of taking a bribe of at least $30 thousand. He was sentenced to 3 years in prison but was released from the sentence due to the expiration of the Statute of limitations.

The "Vtyurin case" was heard in the Supreme court for more than 4 months. The case involved 16 defendants. According to the state prosecution, some defendants received bribes for the supply of the necessary equipment (article 430 of the criminal code "receiving a bribe"), and the second – transferred bribes for the opportunity to conclude a profitable contract (article 431 "giving a bribe").

According to the state security Committee, more than $1.65 million, 62 thousand euros, and more than 1 kg of gold were seized from the bribe recipients.

As reported, in early July, the state prosecution requested for Vtyurin from the Moscow court of Minsk 14 years of a high-security colony. At the same time, the Prosecutor asked Vtyurinu to reduce the term for a year under the law on Amnesty for the 75th anniversary of Victory.

Vtyurin was charged with several bribes and inciting an accomplice to pay a bribe to the CEO of Beltelecom.

In 2007-2014, Vtyurin headed the security service of President Alexander Lukashenko. From September 2014 to April 2019, he was Deputy Secretary of state of the Security Council of Belarus and a member of the Board of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. In April 2019, Lukashenko dismissed him, and after that, he was detained.

Together with Vtyurin, Beltelecom CEO Sergey Sivodedov was detained, and they were suspected of taking bribes from Russian citizens. According to the KGB, Vtyurin was caught red-handed when he received $148,600 from the Russian company "G" for assistance in promoting its interests in the Republic, and Sivodedov took 15,000 euros for assistance in the supply of telecommunications equipment. Their cases are connected.

The trial of Vtyurin and 15 other defendants took place on March 10. Eight officials of state agencies and banks, as well as eight representatives of commercial structures, were accused of receiving and transferring bribes. Illegal remuneration is related to the supply of telecommunications equipment, computer equipment, and software.