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MOSCOW, April 19 (Itar-Tass) — A new criminal case over bribery was opened against Ryazan region road police chief Alexander Alfosov. "Alfosov took a 127,000-rouble bribe from a construction company director for lending cars to convoy large cargoes to construction sites from November 2011 through March 2012," Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
The investigator said the leadership of the regional road police department had ordered their subordinates to issue license plates with so-called "beautiful numbers" and driver' licenses for remuneration. He threatened dismissals in case they disobeyed and promised career patronage to those who complied.
Alfosov was detained in his office on April 3 as he was taking a 500,000-rouble bribe through his subordinate.
Two more criminal cases over corruption in the regional road police department were opened against deputy road police chief Valery Vyshinsky, who headed the supervision office.
"The investigator ascertained that in January 2012, Vyshinsky received a 100,000-rouble bribe from a business person for dropping a case of administrative offense against him for installing the billboards that did not meet the new requirements," the SK spokesman said.
On top of that, Vyshinsky is suspected of the commission of three crimes covered by Article 290, Part 5 /"taking a large bribe by group of persons in collusion and extortion"/.
He received from his subordinates about one million roubles for giving positive grades in driving tests. Together with Ryazan region road police chief Alexander Alfosov, he demanded that their subordinates pass them 100,000 roubles and expensive presents each month.
Alfosov thus came in possession of 200,000 roubles and valuables, Markin said.
The investigators exposed a whole bribe-taking pyramid. Senior road police officials demand from their subordinates that they charge each student learning driving skills at Ryazan driving schools 3,000 roubles, and 1,000 roubles per student in rural district.
Alfosov was transferred to the Ryazan region in 2011. Prior to that, he was commander of a road police regiment in the Moscow region.