Billions seized from Zakharchenko are transferred to Russian budget

Billions seized from Zakharchenko are transferred to Russian budget
Dmitry Zakharchenko Photo: Mikhail Voskresensky / RIA Novosti

The investigation into the colonel’s case has been completed.

Over 9 billion rubles ($145,035), seized from former Acting Head of the Department ‘T’ of the MIA General Administration for Economic Security and Combatting the Corruption Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko, have been transferred to the account of the Treasury of Russia, the press service of the Russian Investigative Committee reports. The investigation against Zakharchenko has been completed. He had been charged with receiving two bribes (Art. 290 of the Russian Criminal Code) and obstruction of carrying out of justice (Art. 294).

December 1, 2017, the Nikulinsky Court of Moscow forfeited the property of the billionaire colonel’s family. Apart from the money and jewelry owned by Zakharchenko’s family, 11 apartments, 16 parking spaces and four elite cars were seized. According to the investigation, the colonel acquired all this property with “questionable income.”

Dmitry Zakharchenko was arrested on December 10, 2016. He was accused of receiving a 7-million-ruble ($112,805) bribe from businessman Anatoly Pshegornitsky, abuse of official powers, and obstruction of investigation. Later, he was charged with taking a bribe in the form of 800 thousand rubles ($12,892) in cash and a discount card for visiting the restaurant for 3.5 million rubles ($56,402) from the owner of La Marée restaurant, Mehdi Douss. In exchange for this, Zakharchenko promised to provide the restaurant with protection.

According to the investigation, in order to solicit a bribe, Zakharchenko and his accomplice from law enforcement bodies initiated inspections of the enterprises belonging to Douss.

Due to these inspections, the entrepreneur had to give the colonel 800 thousand rubles, the ICR reports. The second bribe was for providing “illegal services of a property nature.” Mehdi Douss gave Zakharchenko a discount card for visiting his restaurant chain with a discount of 50%.

At the investigators’ estimate, the average bill for one visit to the restaurant was 80 thousand rubles ($1,289), accordingly, the discount was 40 thousand rubles ($644).

In one of the cases, the discount reached 135 thousand rubles ($2,175), the ICR reported. Zakharchenko's accomplice currently remains at large.

Another crime episode concerned the obstruction of investigation. According to the investigation, Zakharchenko warned his friend about the upcoming search as part of the fraud case and organized the export of all office equipment and documents to prevent their withdrawal.

During the enforcement proceedings on the suit for the seizure of Zakharchenko’s property, it was found out that part of the money seized from the colonel was missing. The deficiency was discovered during the recalculation of funds in Sberbank. It was about 120 million rubles ($1.93 million). May 31, it was reported that the ICR was holding a preliminary inquiry into the embezzlement of this money.

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