Russian traffic officer with golden toilet arrested after police uncover massive bribery scheme | world News
A senior Russian traffic officer accused of leading a criminal gang has been arrested on suspicion of accepting bribes.
The Russian Investigative Committee has arrested police colonel Alexei Safonov and six other people in the southern Stavropol region.
Officials released footage of the Safonov Palace, its sumptuous rooms, lavish decorations, a billiards hall and even a golden toilet.
He is believed to have led a criminal gang that issued permits to grain carriers in exchange for bribes.
The passes allowed carriers to ignore regional laws, even when crossing police checkpoints.
The Russian Investigative Committee, roughly equivalent to the FBI in the United States, said the group took bribes worth 19 million rubles (£187.568).
Among the arrested gang members are a former traffic officer, a traffic inspector, and four civilians.
Alexander Kenstein, a prominent politician in the country’s largest political party – United Russia, said that more than 35 traffic police officers were arrested in the largest operation.
About 80 properties were raided as part of the investigation, with authorities confiscating large sums of cash, cars and expensive documents.