Colonel Zakharchenko continues denying corruption charges

Colonel Zakharchenko continues denying corruption charges
Dmitry Zakharchenko Photo: RIA Novosti/Ramil Sitdikov

In court, Dmitry Zakharchenko refused to admit that he had taken bribes and prevented his colleagues from investigating a swindling case.

There has been another hearing in Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko case in the Presnensky Court of Moscow. The defendant is charged with two bribe-taking episodes in the amount of 800 thousand and 3 million dollars, as well as obstruction of a preliminary investigation.

"The verdict is not clear to me. By the next hearing, my lawyers will prepare a written position, and we will submit it. The accusations are not based on the materials of the case or facts; they are just speculation and conclusions of the investigation, which are completely distorted,” RIA Novosti cites the defendant.

After reading out the verdict, the prosecutor asked the Court to postpone the hearing to summon witnesses. The next hearing in the case will be held on August 23.

MIA Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko has been in custody since September 2016. He is charged with receiving two bribes (Art. 290 of the Russian Criminal Code) and obstruction of a preliminary investigation (Art. 294). The investigation believes that Zakharchenko received both bribes (one of them in the form of property-related services) from restaurateur Mehdi Douss. To receive it, Zakharchenko with an accomplice, also a silovik, had initiated inspections of a number of enterprises. In 2015, the colonel and his accomplice demanded a 50-percent discount card for the restaurant chain from the same entrepreneur. Thanks to this card, the law enforcer saved more than 3 million rubles ($45,180); on the average, his restaurant bill amounted to 80 thousand rubles ($1,204) without a discount.

The third episode in the case is related to obstruction of the investigation. Zakharchenko had warned his friend, the Financial Director of Nota-Bank, of the impending search in the criminal case of swindling.

ICR together with operational services revealed several other corruption episodes with the alleged participation of former Acting Head of the Department 'T’ of the MIA General Administration for Economic Security and Combating the Corruption (GUEBiPK), Dmitry Zakharchenko. Acting Head of the Deputy Head of the ICR Main Directorate for the Investigation of Especially Important Cases, Sergey Golkin, previously told this Kommersant. The Major-General of Justice did not go into the details but noted that there would definitely be other criminal cases apart from the one related to the three crime episodes.

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