Colonel Zakharchenko’s billions are result of his father’s financial schemes
The case of Zakharchenko Sr. is the result of examination of financial documents on transferring about € 300 million to the accounts in the Swiss Rothschild Bank and the Geneva branch of Dresdner Bank found during searches.
Details have become known about the criminal case under part 4 of Art. 160 of the Russian Criminal Code (Misappropriation or embezzlement, committed on an especially large scale), initiated against the father of the notorious MIA Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko.
Viktor Zakharchenko has been arrested by the Basmanny Couty of Moscow until May 30, 2017. The court made a corresponding decision on March 31, but it came to light only the day before yesterday, when human rights activists from the Public Monitoring Commission of Moscow stumbled upon the father of the former acting head of the Department T of the MIA General Administration for Economic Security and Combatting the Corruption (GUEBiPK) in one of the Moscow detention centers.
According to Kommersant, Viktor Zakharchenko is charged with illegal acquisition of several millions of rubles from one of the Moscow banks, and their appropriation. The publication’s source has not revealed the exact amount; neither has he named the financial structure in question. According to the Moscow City Court, to where the appeal about Viktor Zakharchenko’s arrest has been referred, the criminal case of Zakharchenko Sr. is not related to the case of the ‘colonel billionaire’. This is confirmed by Press Secretary of the Basmanny Court Yunona Tsareva, who noted that “the numbers of criminal cases against Viktor and Dmitry Zakharchenko do not match.”
According to the investigation, cited by TASS, Viktor Zakharchenko has unreasonably received money from one of the banks to a plastic card issued in the same financial institution.
Let us recall that after the detention of Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko in September 2016 and discovery of cash in the amount of 8.5 billion rubles (151 million dollars) in his apartment, the colonel’s father Viktor Zakharchenko was a witness in the case for a long time. The ICR could not determine Zakharchenko Senior’s involvement with the billions found.
However, in late March, he was detained on suspicion of embezzlement.
Kommersant notes that the case of Zakharchenko Sr. is the result of examination of financial documents on transferring about € 300 million to several accounts in the Swiss Rothschild Bank and the Geneva branch of Dresdner Bank found during searches in the apartments belonging to the colonel’s family members. Under the documents, the money, which had been transferred from Russia, belonged to Viktor Zakharchenko. During interrogation, his son did not explain the origin of funds on the European accounts, advising the investigation to appeal to his father, whom he called ‘a major financier’, the publication writes.
Menawhile, according to Kommersant’s source in bank circles, Zakharchenko Senior is known as author of various financial schemes used by owners and top managers of problem banks. It is reported that together with his son, he helped bankers minimize losses before revoking of licenses from their organizations by the Central Bank. According to this version, part of the funds was transferred abroad, the other was cashed out. Allegedly, it was this money (€2 million and $120 million) that was found by FSB officers in the apartment of Colonel Zakharchenko’s half-sister Elena Razgunova.
Let us recall that the CrimeRussia had previously reported about the ‘grey’ bank schemes, which involved Colonel Zakharchenko. They had been revealed by banker Petr Chuvilin, convicted in April 2016 for fraud, who was one of the first to testify against the colonel, and a number of other sources. Chuvilin has known Zakharchenko for 9 years; for a part of this time, he had paid the policeman money for protection and security through the Ministry of Internal Affairs on a monthly basis.
The fact that Dmitry Zakharchenko’s father Viktor is directly related to the money found in the apartment of his daughter and Colonel Zakharchenko’s half-sister Elena Razgunova had been previously reported by Life.
Citing sources in law enforcement bodies, the publication noted that the investigation came into possession of the surveillance footage, which showed Viktor Zakharchenko and his daughter bringing the same bags with money that were later found in the apartment.
Let us recall that the former acting head of the Department T of GUEBiPK was charged under three articles of the Russian Criminal Code, namely 285 (Abuse of Official Powers), 290 (Bribe-Taking), and 294 (Obstruction of Carrying out of Justice and of Preliminary Investigations). MIA Colonel Zakharchenko was detained by FSB officers on September 9 during a special operation. Following the searches in his car and his sister’s apartment, cash in the amount of 8.5 billion rubles was seized.
Further investigation revealed that Dmitry Zakharchenko’s relatives were the owners of several apartments in an elite residential complex in Moscow, rural property in the Rostov region worth about 1 billion rubles, and a whole fleet of elite cars.
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.