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WorldAsiaSamara Police Officer Charged With Stealing Alcohol From Interior Ministry Warehouse For 'Mr. Cider' Production

Samara Police Officer Charged With Stealing Alcohol From Interior Ministry Warehouse For ‘Mr. Cider’ Production

Police officer Ivan Grebenkin was arrested, accused of stealing confiscated methyl alcohol – it was later used to make the alcoholic drink “Mr. Cider”, which poisoned more than 30 people to death. On this subject informed Investigative Committee (IC) of Russia

According to the agency, in May 2023, Samara resident Dmitry Yegorov, his father Alexei Yegorov and policeman Ivan Grebenkin stole 6 tons of methyl alcohol from the warehouse of the Economic and Service Support Center of the Main Directorate of the Russian Interior Ministry for the Samara region. They sold it to a certain Artem Hayrapetyan, who made illegal deliveries of alcohol to Anar Huseynov, the owner of Andi LLC, the maker of the Mister Cider drink.

“As a result, the poisonous substance was used in the production of an alcoholic drink, which was supplied to a number of regions in Russia,” the UK explained.

Grebenkin, Dmitry Yegorov and Hayrapetyan were arrested, Alexey Yegorov was put on the wanted list. Grebenkin and Dmitry Yegorov were charged under paragraph “c” of Part 3 of Art. 158 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Large-scale theft”), they risk up to six years in prison. The accused of the theft has pleaded guilty, according to the UK.

Hayrapetyan is charged under Part 3 of Art. 238 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Production, storage, transportation or sale of goods and products, performance of work or provision of services that do not meet safety requirements, negligently resulting in the death of two or more persons” ). He faces up to ten years in prison.

The investigation calls for the arrest of all detainees.

June 8 MIA reported that the stolen alcohol had been stored in a warehouse in Samara since 2012 – after being seized during verification activities. According to the Interior Ministry, the police sergeant guarding the warehouse helped the attackers and let them into the warehouse.

Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev dismissed the deputy head of the Main Directorate of the Russian Interior Ministry for the Samara region, Major General of the Interior Service Yuri Safronov, who oversaw the activities of the rear divisions of the head office.

Colonel Alexander Remnev, head of the Center for Economic Support and Services of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, will also lose his post.

On June 5, it became known that eight people had been poisoned to death by cider in the city of Dimitrovgrad, Ulyanovsk region. Then reports of poisonings began to appear in other areas. According to the Russian Ministry of Health as of June 8, the total number of victims East 101 people, 31 deaths were recorded. The victims used a brand of drink “Mr. Cider” from the company LLC “Andi” from the Samara region. Court in Ulyanovsk stopped for two months from the owner of the company Anar Huseynov. He was accused of providing services that failed to meet safety requirements, negligently causing the death of two or more people.

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