Billionaire Colonel Zakharchenko may be charged with OCC creation 

Billionaire Colonel Zakharchenko may be charged with OCC creation
Dmitry Zakharchenko

Banker German Gorbuntsov has testified against the former head of the Department 'T’ of the MIA General Administration for Economic Security and Combatting the Corruption (GUEBiPK).

A charge of Organization of a Criminal Community (Art. 210 of the Russian Criminal Code) may be added to the case of billionaire Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko, Rosbalt reports referring to sources in law enforcement bodies. According to the publication, investigators are inclined to believe that the former head of the Department 'T’ of the MIA GUEBiPK acted as part of an organized community that had common corruption interests. 

Rosbalt’s source noted that the case of Zakharchenko draws heavily on the statements of witnesses, who are friends of the colonel. This includes Zakharchenko’s friend Larisa Marchukova, whose sister, Galina, held the position of Financial Director of Nota-Bank, banker Petr Chuvilin, who knew the colonel back when the latter was only beginning to build his career in the MIA General Administration for Economic Security and Combatting the Corruption, as well as a secret witness who testifies under the name of Vladimir Nikitin. According to Rosbalt, Nikitin was a business partner of both Zakharchenko and co-owners of the 1520 company, Valery Markelov and Boris Usherovich. The latter owned the structures that worked under contracts with Russian Railways, and, according to investigators, were the main source of income for the colonel. 

It is noted that the evidence of a corrupt connection between Zakharchenko and the owners of 1520 is also based on the testimony of banker German Gorbuntsov living in London. According to the source, the decision to arrest Valery Markelov was made after verifying the information that he had provided. After Markelov’s arrest, Boris Usherovich hid in Israel and is currently trying to get political asylum in England. 

German Gorbuntsov

German Gorbuntsov

Zakharchenko began his ‘shadowy’ career in mid-2000s, as a security specialist in Gorbuntsov's business. Back then, the latter owned the Sokolniki Sports Palace and the Spartak Hockey Club. Earlier, the agency’s source said Gorbuntsov paid Zakharchenko a “salary” in the amount of $150 thousand a month in exchange for a cover through the line of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the solution of various issues with the security forces. 

In 2009–2010, about $1 billion, which was considered to be shadow assets of persons close to the leadership of Russian Railways, was lost from one of Gorbuntsov’s banks. As a result of the subsequent proceedings, the banker was forced to transfer almost all of his Russian assets to other companies. This includes The Sokolniki Sports Palace, STB Industrial and Financial Group CJSC, shares in six banks and six plants, 100 square meters of commercial space, and two land plots in the Moscow region’s Odintsovo district. The Gorbuntsov family estimated the damage suffered at $1 billion. The banker said that Boris Usherovich might have been involved in the incident. Later, Gorbuntsov went to London, where there was an assassination attempt on him in 2012. According to the Rosbalt source, Zakharchenko continued work with Markelov and Usherovich after that.

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