Billionaire colonel Zakharchenko found guilty of $800 thousand bribe taking
Moscow’s Presnensky court has started reading of the judgment in the high-profile case.
Former employee of the Main Directorate for Economic Safety and Counteracting Corruption of Russia’s MIA - colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko - has been found guilty of taking a bribe worth of $800 thousand. Today, Moscow’s Presnensky court has started reading of the judgment in the high-profile case.
The prosecution had asked for 15.5 years in a strict regime colony and a fine worth of 494 million 940 thousand 160 rubles for the colonel. Besides that, the prosecution insisted that Zakharchenko be deprived of his colonel title and awards he had received during military service.
The law-enforcer himself pleaded not guilty. His defense team insisted on the acquitting verdict, having stated that there had no been component elements of a crime in Zakharchenko’s actions.
The colonel emphasized in his last word he was not guilty and had not committed the crimes he’s accused of.
Tsoy has a song ‘Our hearts long for changes’. And it really reflects the reality. I ask for, your honor, changes in my life. I want to change my residence. I ask you to release me,” Zakharchenko stated.
The CrimeRussia had reported Zakharchenko had repeatedly made provocative statements during the investigation. For instance, he promised the judge to go to a restaurant where - according to the investigation - he had met a restaurant owner he had extorted money from.
The ex-employee of the anti-corruption office of Russia’s MIA stated that the description of the restaurant by a witness contradicted reality. Moreover, Zakharchenko told the judge not to eat there, as he was concerned about her health.
Around 9 billion rubles ($140 million) were found in Zakharchenko’s apartment and apartments of his relatives during the searches.
Besides that, Zakharchenko warned a former financial director of Nota-bank Galina Marchukova about the searches that were being prepared.
The intel scandal involving Oleg Smolenkov, who had access to the Kremlin and possessed valuable information, has become a widely discussed topic. It was CNN who reported, citing sources in the CIA and Donald Trump administration, on the “informant” being evacuated from Russia in 2017. It turned out that for certain people in Russia, the spy’s disappearance was not a secret, while the Russian elite denied the fact of espionage in unison with the American one. The Smolenkov family was forced to leave their luxurious mansion in Virginia, and their current whereabouts are unknown. Smolenkov’s “patron,” Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation for the International Sector Yury Ushakov, continues to fulfill his duties. The CrimeRussia looked into the story of “exfiltration” of the top informant and the possible consequences of his work as an intelligencer.