Colonel Zakharchenko admits to taking just one bribe: a bottle of alcohol

Colonel Zakharchenko admits to taking just one bribe: a bottle of alcohol
Dmitry Zakharchenko Photo: RIA Novosti / Mikhail Voskresensky

Another criminal case has been initiated against the ex-policeman and now there is a joinder.

Another criminal case over bribe-taking has been initiated against Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko, the former Acting Head of Directorate T with General Administration for Economic Security and Combatting the Corruption (GUEBiPK) of Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs. This was stated by the investigator at court that was considering whether to extend the custody.

However, the defendant denied any claims that he took bribes.

"I do not have the money, I didn’t take the bribe!" the Colonel said at the court session.

"They didn’t catch me on taking money, they’ve been working on me for a long time, but the only thing I ever took was a bottle of alcohol."

The investigator said that the new charges are yet to be made and refused to disclose the details.

"Another criminal case has been initiated against Zakharchenko and it is now a joinder. Currently, he is accused of committing a crime under part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, and is also suspected of committing two other crimes under the same article, that is, taking a bribe on an especially large scale in other circumstances," Interfax cited the investigator.

It should be noted that earlier the investigative authorities motioned to extend Zakharchenko’s detention for three months, until June 8.

Dmitry Zakharchenko was taken into custody early in September 2016 over abuse of official authority and obstruction of the preliminary investigation, as well as in a bribery case.

The search at the high-ranking MIA official’s apartment revealed money in various currencies totaling 8.5 billion rubles ($145m) that was seized. The accused stated that the apartment where the money was found belonged to his sister and he knew nothing of where the money had come from. Besides, there are a few accounts in Swiss banks in the name of his father, Viktor Zakharchenko, and according to media reports, they contain 300 million euros. The 65-year-old retiree Viktor Zakharchenko, a former village schoolteacher from the Rostov region, also legally owns several houses in Spain and Switzerland. Colonel Zakharchenko himself is accused of taking bribes amounting to 7 million rubles ($120.000). In addition, the Colonel is charged with abuse of authority and obstruction of justice. In November, it was revealed that accounts of some third parties for a total of $16 million were arrested in the Zakharchenko case. The accounts were opened after the Colonel’s arrest.

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