The scandal over this case reached Putin, who promised to “settle” the issue.
In January 2018, the criminal case was returned for further consideration to the investigator. The additional investigation did not confirm “the existence of intent aimed at secretly receiving information” and the case was dismissed. According to the interlocutor of the agency, the decision was made on March 20.
In September 2017, Vasiliev was prosecuted under Article 138.1 of the Criminal Code (illegal acquisition of special technical equipment intended for secretly receiving information). The reason was bought on AliExpress GPS-tracker to track the cow, which constantly fought off the herd.
The farmer was detained at the post office upon receipt of the parcel. According to investigators, Vasiliev bought a device that was banned for circulation on the territory of Russia – in the tracker was a hidden microphone, which is remotely activated via SMS messages, but this was not mentioned in the description of the goods. He was facing a fine of 200 thousand rubles a fine or four years of imprisonment.
In December 2017, RT journalist, at a big press conference of Vladimir Putin, asked the president about the farmer, calling the problem “very important”. Putin said that he “does not even know that there is such an article”, but promised to get acquainted with it and “settle” the contradictions.