Another $500 thousand worth of bribe added to corruption case of Investigative Committee officers Maksimenko and Lamonov
In addition to investigators, the new criminal episode involves ex-policeman Denis Bogorodetsky and businessman Oleg Sheikhametov.
Another criminal case on bribe-taking was initiated against high-ranking officers of the Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR), Mikhail Maksimenko and Alexander Lamonov. This was announced today, September 12, in the Moscow City Court.
"The case was opened on August 21 and is joined with the main case," Interfax cites the materials of the case, announced in the court. The defendants in the case are Mikhail Maksimenko, Alexander Lamonov, businessman Oleg Sheikhametov and ex-policeman Denis Bogorodetsky. They are charged under the articles Bribe-Taking and Bribe-Giving.
"The amount of the incriminated bribe in the new charge against Maksimenko is $500.000, but our client is not involved in this," Maksimenko's lawyer Andrei Grivtsov commented to RBC.
Circumstances and reasons for giving a bribe were not voiced in court.
The fact that businessman Oleg Sheikhametov, known in the 90s as Oleg Sheikh, became the new person involved in the big corruption case, was reported by Rosbalt back in late August this year. He, along with billionaire Andrei Skoch (current State Duma deputy) owned the chain of restaurants Yakitoria. According to the FSB, businessmen were personally acquainted with thief in law Zakhar Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy) and his henchman Andrei Kochuykov (Italianets). It is known that Sheikhmetov and Skoch are currently abroad and do not appear for interrogations of the investigators. Despite the fact that Andrei Skoch is not a defendant in the case at the moment, Rosbalt sources say that he is among suspects.
Another person involved in the case on giving a bribe of $500.000 is ex-policeman and former subordinate of Lamonov, Denis Bogorodetsky, who is already familiar to us from other materials of the corruption case. Bogorodetsky was one of the links in the chain of intermediaries in the transfer of ransom for the release of Italianets from the detention facility. The suspect allegedly admitted in his testimony that he had appealed to Lamonov with a proposal from the people of Shakro Molodoy, but he bluntly refused and suggested not communicating with thieves. It is still unclear what Bogorodetsky is accused of within the framework of the new crime.
The first Deputy Head of the ICR in Moscow, Major-General Denis Nikandrov, Head of the Inter-Departmental Cooperation and Internal Security Directorate of the ICR Mikhail Maksimenko and his subordinate Alexander Lamonov were arrested on July 19, 2016 in the case on bribe-taking from thief in law Zakhar Kalashov. According to the investigators, for a bribe the people of the criminal intended to agree on mitigating the article of accusation against Shakro's henchman Andrei Kochuykov, who was detained after the shootout at Elements restaurant in Rochdelskaya Street in Moscow in December 2015. The defendants strongly deny their guilt.
On September 21, kingpin Vladimir Vagin, aka Vagon, hanged himself. Two years earlier another thief in law Max Pioner also committed suicide. Vagon's lawyer does not believe in the version of suicide and intends to apply for a forensic medical examination.