Billionaire Colonel Zakharchenko gets 13 years’ rigorous imprisonment
In addition, the former police officer will have to pay a fine of almost 117 million rubles ($1,808).
The Presnensky Court of Moscow has sentenced Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko to 13 years’ rigorous imprisonment. In addition, the former police officer will have to pay a 117-million-ruble fine. He is also deprived of his titles and awards. The corrupt policeman is forbidden to hold senior positions in government bodies for a period of 2 years.
The court found Zakharchenko guilty of two episodes of receiving large bribes and obstruction of justice. Federal Prosecutor requested 15.5 years of imprisonment and a fine of 494 million rubles ($7,635) for Zakharchenko. The court acquitted the law enforcer on account of one of the bribe-taking episodes.
“The fact of receiving a bribe of 800 thousand rubles ($12,368) has not been proven. All doubts are interpreted in favor of the person accused; the court considers it necessary to justify him in this episode,” Judge Elena Abramova said.
At the same time, when beginning to pronounce the verdict, the judge found it proven that the ‘corruption fighter’ received a bribe of 800 thousand dollars from restaurateur Mehdi Douss as part of a group of persons.
The court found him guilty on account of the other two charges.
Zakharchenko’s defense said they would appeal the sentence in the Moscow City Court.
Former Head of the Department 'T’ of the MIA Main Department of Economic Security and Anti-Corruption, Dmitry Zakharchenko, was arrested in the autumn of 2016. 9 billion rubles was found during searches at his place. Later, the court seized 13 apartments, 14 parking spaces, and several cars from him.
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.