Former State Duma deputy Sergei Sopchuk has been put on the international wanted list, the Investigative Committee said. The man was charged in absentia with illegal business and money laundering.
“Sergei Sopchuk was charged with committing crimes under Art. 289 of the Criminal Code of Russia (illegal participation in entrepreneurial activity), clause “b”, part 4 of Art. 174.1 of the Criminal Code of Russia (legalization (laundering) of funds or other property acquired by other persons in a criminal way) “, – stated in message SK.
As the department explains, since 2011, Sopchuk has illegally used his status as a representative of the government to patronize his business activities, he also legalized the funds acquired as a result of this crime.
“Currently, a search has been carried out at the place of residence, documents have been seized. Sopchuk has been put on the international wanted list, an investigator of the Investigative Committee of Russia has filed a petition before the court to choose a preventive measure for him, ”the press service said.
In August 2020, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia approved the indictment in a criminal case of accepting a bribe on an especially large scale against State Duma deputy Vadim Belousov.
Source: RT на русском by russian.rt.com.
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