Billions of Colonel Zakharchenko. Spanish trail
Connection between criminal case of the former Acting Head of the Department T of the General Administration for Economic Security and Combatting the Corruption (GUEBiPK) Dmitry Zakharchenko and investigation of thefts in the Nota-Bank could be soon confirmed with appearance of a new figurant. The CrimeRussia source has reported about possible owner of Zakharchenko’s 8.5 billion rubles. He has never been mentioned in investigation and media reports. Read the article to find out more details about it.
Scandalous detention of the Colonel of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Dmitry Zakharchenko in September, as well as billions, found in his sister’s apartment, has become an intersection point of a set of high-profile criminal cases, which had not previously been connected.
The Colonel was charged with bribery, abuse of official powers and obstruction of investigation. His connections with defendants in Zakhar Kalashov’s criminal cases and Rochdelskaya shooting, his help to suspect in Renova case Mikhail Slobodin, as well as FSB investigation information on multibillion embezzlement in the Russian Railways prove Zakharhenko’s guilt.
However, the main intrigue was money. More than a ton of cash, mainly in US dollars, was found in empty apartment of Dmitry Zakharchenko’s sister Irina Razgunova in Moscow. Two main versions about origin of the money were made. The banker, convicted of fraud, Petr Chuvilin, mentioned the first version. According to the financier, the Colonel had been covering dozens of large companies and banks in law enforcement bodies for 10 years. These companies were receiving money from the Russian Railways through fictitious contracts. Zakharchenko could earn 8.5 billion using this scheme.
Money seized in Zakharchenko’s sister Irina Razgunova apartment
The main version of the investigation was based on Dmitry Zakharchenko’s personal acquaintance with the Nota-Bank top manager Galina Marchukova. After withdrawal of the Nota-Bank license in 2015, a hole of 26 billion rubles appeared in balance of the bank.
Information about Zakharchenko’s close relations with Marchukova in Rostov-on-Don city, where they came from, was mentioned, but was soon supplanted by a stream of other important news, related to the Colonel-billionaire’s case.
Dmitry Zakharchenko’s period in Rostov-on-Don and beginning of his career in law enforcement bodies deserve close attention, the CrimeRussia source believes. During this period, Zakharchenko got acquainted with the former Colonel of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and influential shadow businessman Yuri Zykov.
Dmitry Zakharchenko moved to Moscow in 2005. He had already had experience of operational work in Rostov tax police, and then in the economic crimes units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation in the Southern Federal District.
In the begging of 00’s, Zakharchenko started working under direction of the now former Deputy Head of the Main Administration of the Federal Tax Service of Russia (FTS) in the Southern Federal District (2001-2003), the Lieutenant-General of tax police Valery Napalkov. Their friendship influenced further career Zakharchenko in law enforcement bodies.
Soon after the dissolution of the FTS in 2003, General Napalkov was appointed to the post of the Deputy Head of the economic crimes unit of General Administration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation in the Southern Federal District. As it usually happens, best operative officers followed their Head to the new place.
Operative Zakharchenko stated working under the direction of the former Head of the Department for Organized Crime Control of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Rostov Region Yuri Zykov and the Major General of Police Alexander Nazarov, who then became the Deputy Head of the Economic Security Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Head of the 3rd Special Investigation Department.
Zakharchenko made close relations with Zykov, according to the CrimeRussia source. The Colonel Zykov had already had great influence and money. However, secret earnings of the Colonel were revealed at one moment. It was his greed and quarrel with second ex-wife Olga Zykova, which made it possible. After their divorce in 2008, Olga Zykova did not get what she expected from Zykov, and filed a complaint to the Prosecutor’s Office and to the Head of the General Administration of the MIA. In this complaint, she described corruption and criminal schemes, which her former husband used to make money, in details. The revengeful lady agreed to withdraw her complaint, only after her ex-husband gave her a house in Sochi, an elite cottage in Rogozhkino village, the Azov District of the Rostov Region, an apartment in Moscow worth 1 billion rubles and a house in Rostov-on-Don.
Part of Zykov’s business, owned through intermediates, also moved to his former spouse. According to the source, it was Zykov’s shares in the Orange elite sport center and the largest construction and development company in Rostov Millennium.
Generous compensation to ex-wife could not prevent decline of Zykov’s career. Supervisory authorities did not initiate checks on Zykova’s complaint, yet another event happened, after which the Colonel was dismissed from the bodies with a scandal.
In 2008, Yuri Zykov tried to promote his man as the Head of the Department for Economic Security and Combatting the Corruption in Stavropol. Among his opponents was Alexander Nazarov, after a conflict with whom authority of Zykov in the MIA was seriously damaged. Trying to save his post, Zykov started the back-door games and sent audio record to the Head of the MIA Rashid Nurgaliyev, discrediting his management, particularly the Head of the General Administration of the MIA in the Southern Federal District Mikhail Pankov.
Since the record turned out to be allusion only, Zykov’s attempt to tarnish his leadership turned out badly for him. The deception was discovered, and Nurgaliyev ordered to dismiss Zykov from police without the right of recovery. Zykov's career in police ended, he moved to Moscow, where his old friend Dmitry Zakharchenko had already been serving for 3 years as operative officer in the GUEBiPK.
Nota-Bank family relations
If Dmitry Zakharchenko had not been arrested, no one would have remembered about the former Colonel Zykov. He would have still managed to hide with earned 350 millions. Nowadays, Zykov comfortably lives in his own villa in Spain, where Nota-Bank money was transferred, according to the CrimeRussia’s source.
After moving to Moscow, connected with scandalous expulsion from the bodies, Zykov married to the Head of legal department of the Nota-Bank. It happened in the period, when he resumed his close relations with Dmitry Zakharchenko, the source reported. Zakharchenko’s sister was working in the Nota-Bank during that period (although this fact has never been mentioned in investigation reports known to press). Thus, a criminal scheme, based on family and friendship ties, was formed.
There is no information about the sum, which was transferred to Spain using the scheme through offshores and intermediate bank accounts. However, it was suggested, that the money found in apartment of the former Acting Head of the Department T of the GUEBiPK was just a part of a bigger sum.
Zykov and his wife went to Spain on permanent residence about year and a half before revocation of the Nota-Bank’s license, revealing embezzlement of 26 billion rubles in his assets, and start of criminal prosecution of the bank’s top managers.
Currently, Zykov family couple is in the process of obtaining Spanish citizenship on the basis of tenure. However, according to the CrimeRussia source, they return to their homeland, in Rostov-on-Don, every three months, and leave the country again. It is also known, that Zakharchenko visits on business issues to Rostov-on-Don often coincide with Zykov’s arrivals to the city.
The source also noted, that if investigators of Zakharchenko case become interested in a role of Zykov in theft in the Nota-Bank, it is likely that next visit of the former Colonel in Russia will be delayed for many years.
The Spanish trail had already appeared in the case of the former Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko. In addition to information about 300 million euro sum in Zakharchenko father’s Swiss bank accounts revealed in mid-September, it has became known about his apartment, which occupies entire floor of elite residential complex in Barcelona.
Rosfinmonitoring (Federal Financial Monitoring Service) analyzed the data of the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers and discovered thousands of offshore companies through which the Russians laundered billions of rubles. Materials on deputies and governors were handed over to law enforcers.
A spokesperson of the Prosecutor's office said that the ECHR had not studied all the materials of the criminal case, so they were offered not to overturn the verdict, but to send the case for a new review in court.