MOSCOW, March 24. /ITAR-TASS/. Investigators of the Moscow police department and internal security department of the Federal Security Service have conducted a joint special operation to curb illegal activity of offices of an organization called International Committee on the Fight against Terrorism, Organized Crime and Corruption (ICOCRIM) in several Russian regions.
The searches were conducted within a criminal case filed over extortion of $1.5 million, Moscow police press service told Itar-Tass on Monday.
Members of this organization headed by Anatoly Remizov pretended law enforcers, named themselves as generals and launched illegal activity for self profit.
Taking advantage of lack of information among regular people and wishing to get special rights and status, they began to issue and sell ranks and certificates of their organization, as well as awards, medals and orders, almost identical to departmental and state ones.
In November 2012, investigators from internal security department of the Federal Security Service jointly with Moscow police have busted ICOCRIM’s illegal activity in Moscow Region.
Within further investigation of the criminal case previously filed against ICOCRIM members over massive extortion from a person with a threat of use of violence detectives have exposed several more facts of illegal activity of this organization in the Russian capital and in several other Russian constituent entities.
“Searches were made at offices of ICOCRIM regional branches and residence places of their senior officials jointly with territorial police in the Russian cities of Yekaterinburg, Rostov-on-Don and in Krasnodar Territory. A huge number of evidence and documents proving illegal activity of members of this organization were found in the searches,” the police press service said.
Police have confiscated weapons, blank papers for false identity certificates that only specialists could have told from authentic IDs of Russian law enforcers and judges. Meanwhile, false orders, medals, badges, certificates and other objects important for investigation were confiscated.
ICOCRIM’s activity was fully halted, police stated.