Colonel Maksimenko sentenced to 13 years for taking bribes from Shakro Molodoy
The Moscow City Court sentenced Mikhail Maksimenko to 13 years of strict regime and a fine of 165 million rubles ($2.7m) within the case of bribes from representatives of the criminal world. The ICR Colonel denied his guilt, calling the case a frameup.
The Moscow City Court sentenced former Head of the Bureau of Internal Affairs of the ICR, Colonel Mikhail Maksimenko, to 13 years in a strict regime colony and a fine of 165 million rubles on charges of Bribe-Taking on an especially large scale (part 6 of Article 290 of the Criminal Code), RBC reports. Maksimenko is also deprived of his rank and banned from holding public posts for 3 years after serving his sentence.
During the debate of the parties, the prosecution asked Judge Oleg Muzychenko to jail Maksimenko for 15 years in strict regime colony and a fine of 165 million rubles for two episodes of taking bribes from entrepreneurs Oleg Shekhametov ($500.000) and Badri Shengelia ($50.000).
According to the prosecution, Maksimenko received money from Shekhametov for the release of thief in law Shakro Molodoy’s ally Andrey Kochuykov, also known as Italyanets. Kochuykov was detained after a shootout at Elements restaurant on Rochdelskaya Street in December 2015.
A bribe from St. Petersburg businessman Badri Shengelia Maksimenko received for organizing an official check-up and initiation of a case against police officers who conducted operational activities against the businessman and allegedly seized his wrist watch.
Maksimenko categorically denies bribe-taking. At one of the hearings, he stated that he had learned about the "upcoming frameup" against the ICR officers, for which $3 million was allegedly allocated, from businessman Dmitry Smychkovsky, who was put on the wanted list on suspicion of bribing employees of the Committee and is currently hiding abroad.
Thief in law Shakro Molodoy (Zakhar Kalashov) was sentenced by the Nikulinsky District Court of Moscow to the 9-year and 10-month imprisonment in the strict regime colony in part 3 of Art. 163 of the Criminal Code (Extortion committed by an organized group with the use of violence). His accomplice Andrey Kochuykov got 8 years and 10 months of strict regime. Other Kalashov's allies received terms from 7 years and 4 months to 8 years and 4 months of imprisonment. The thief in law and his associates were found guilty of extorting 8 million rubles ($131.500) from owner of the Elements restaurant on Rochdelskaya Street Zhanna Kim. Another episode of the case was aligned with extortion of 10 million rubles from businessman Lev Garamov.
Major general Igor Vasiliev, Head of the Engineering Support Service of the Federal Protection Service (FPS), and lieutenant general Ulitin subordinate to him are currently in the middle of a scandal. However, it is unlikely that they lose their posts. Reportedly, the two generals are just the tip of the huge corruption iceberg in the law enforcement structures. This is not the first embezzlement episode in their careers.