Moscow investigator’s bitcoin bribe seized as state income

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The Nikulinsky District Court of Moscow seized 1,032.1 BTC from Marat Tambiev, the former head of the investigation department for the Tverskoy District, who was accused of accepting bribes from members of the Infraud Organization hacker group.

The value of the coins turned into state revenue is calculated as of January 30, 2023 and amounted to more than 1.6 billion rubles. At the time of writing, they are worth more than $27.6 million or 2.3 billion rubles.

The decision has not entered into force and can be appealed.

Recall that Marat Tambiev is accused of taking a bribe from members of the hacker group Infraud Organization for not seizing their assets.

According to media reports, at the time of the arrest, the hackers provided access to ten crypto wallets, which in December 2021 received proceeds from their activities in the amount of 2064 BTC. Subsequently, all assets were withdrawn from wallets.

According to the testimony of one of the members of the group, Mark Bergman, the real amount of the bribe requested by Tambiev was 2718.6 BTC.

Earlier, lawyers pointed to multiple inconsistencies in the handwriting examination of the notes found on the defendant’s computer.

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