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A source reported searches in the building of the Federal Customs Service

A source reported searches in the building of the Federal Customs Service

Investigative actions are connected with the criminal case of Dmitry Vasilyev, the head of the information and technical customs department detained the day before.

He is suspected of taking a bribe of more than 25 million rubles and embezzlement of budget funds allocated under state contracts for the digitalization of the Federal Customs Service of Russia.

Searches are being conducted both in the FCS central office and in the Vnukovo and Domodedovo customs offices. Investigators are also questioning officials of the customs service and its subdivisions.

As Izvestia reported earlier on Friday, the Federal Customs Service had a corrupt system of obtaining state contracts, which, according to the FSB, was set up back in 2017. Those close to Vasilyev and other high-ranking customs officials served as contractors for state contracts. They received state orders and gave their accomplices bribes in the form of kickbacks.

As part of the investigation, FSB officers detained Vasilyev at the workplace, which had happened the day before, as well as his accomplice.

The head of the customs department himself should have been deprived of his position a year ago. Then, during an inspection, it turned out that his relatives worked for contractors with whom Vasilyev had signed contracts. However, at the time, everything ended with him being reprimanded thanks to the patronage of Deputy Head of the Federal Customs Service of Russia Denis Tereshchenko.

Vasilyev has been head of the CITTU of the FCS of Russia since May 28, 2021. He has the rank of major of the customs service. In 2018, he was awarded the highest qualification rank - master. He was also awarded medals "For Diligence", "25 years of the Federal Customs Service" and the badge "Excellent Customs Service".