Badri Shengeliya corroborates giving Mikhail Maksimenko a $50-thousand bribe

Badri Shengeliya corroborates giving Mikhail Maksimenko a $50-thousand bribe
Mikhail Maksimenko

The businessman stated that he had given the money to the Head of the Main Directorate of Interdepartmental Cooperation and Internal Security of the Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) for "advancing the case" on the watch stolen from him by ICR officers.

A witness in the case of the Head of the Main Directorate of Interdepartmental Cooperation and Internal Security of the ICR Mikhail Maksimenko, businessman Bardri Shengeliya confirmed at a hearing of the Moscow City Court that in October 2015 he had passed a bribe totaling $50 thousand to the defendant, Moskva agency reports.

Shengeliya stated that he had given Maksimenko the money "to advance the case" on the watch stolen by ICR staff. He also noted that he had often communicated with Maksimenko when he was targeted in 2007 in the case on raider seizures in St. Petersburg.

Head of the Main Directorate of Interdepartmental Cooperation and Internal Security of the ICR Mikhail Maksimenko, his Deputy Alexander Lamonov and first Deputy Head of the Main Investigation Directorate of the ICR in Moscow Denis Nikandrov were arrested in the summer of 2016. They are accused of exceeding their powers and taking a bribe worth $1 million from thief in law Zakhar Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy) for abetting the release of his henchman Andrei Kochuykov, also going by the nickname Italyanets.

Maksimenko's case was separated from other proceedings, it is heard in the Moscow City Court. The officer is accused of two counts of Bribe-Taking on an especially large scale (part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code). According to investigators, Maksimenko received $50.000 from Badri Shengeliya and another $500.000 from businessman Oleg Sheykhametov.

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