Colonel Zakharchenko's ex-colleague gets 2.5 years for extortion $1mln
Colonel Anton Irkhin worked for a long time together with Zakharchenko in the Department “P” of the Main Directorate for Economic Safety and Counteracting Corruption (GUEBiPK) of the MIA of Russia.
The Meshchansky Court of Moscow sentenced Colonel of the GUEBiPK of the Russian MIA Anton Irkhin, who, in exchange for the cessation of criminal prosecution, demanded $1 million from the restaurant owner, Rosbalt reports.
Anton Irkhin received a charge of fraud on a large scale of 2 years and 6 months in a penal colony. He was also fined 300 thousand rubles ($4,600). In addition, Irkhin was deprived of the rank of colonel.
Such a lenient sentence is explained by the fact that during the investigation, which was conducted by the FSB investigators, the article of the prosecution was reclassified from accepting a bribe to a less serious one.
Investigators found that Colonel Irkhin, in the eyes of the briber, entrepreneur Rasim Mustafayev, acted as a trustee for officials of the Main Investigative Department of the Main Directorate of the MIA in Moscow who could, by virtue of their authority, stop criminal prosecution of a businessman, simply deceived both him and the mediator Ilgar Gasanov. And he took into hi own possession all the money transferred to him in several tranches, using the information about the upcoming amnesty to Mustafayev, since he was part of the task force on his case.
Rasim Mustafayev, the owner of a number of firms and the restaurant Skazka Vostoka (Fairy Tale of the East), was charged by the investigators of the Main Investigative Department of the Main Directorate of the MIA for Moscow in Part 4 of Article 159.1 (fraud in the field of entrepreneurship) back in 2014.
Mustafayev tried to solve the problem by asking for the help of a lawyer Ilgar Gasanov, who, in turn, turned to his friend from the P Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, Colonel Irkhin. He promised to resolve the issue through his connections in the Main Investigative Department for $ 1 million, saying that most of this money will be transferred to investigators. Mustafayev agreed and on September 4, 2014, at his home, handed Gasanov the first tranche in the amount of $150,000. The lawyer immediately handed them to Irkhin right outside the GUEBiPK building of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation on Novoryazanskaya Street. After 10 days, Mustafayev, through Gasanov, transferred another $100,000 to Irkhin.
And the very next day, September 15, 2014, as the source from the law enforcement agency notes, the Main Investigative Department had stopped the criminal prosecution of Mustafayev in connection with the amnesty. However, the remaining amount was soon reminded to the businessman, and within a few months, until February 2015, he transferred to the lawyer and Irkhin another total of 860,000 rubles ($13,000) and $30,000.
After that, the entrepreneur refused to pay, but the FSB initiated a criminal case only in 2018. At first, Anton Irkhin was charged with extortion of a bribe of $1 million for making a procedural decision to stop the criminal prosecution of Mustafayev, but during the investigation the wording changed and the colonel was accused of a major fraud (part 4 of article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The case was considered in a special order, Irkhin fully admitted his guilt.
Investigation of the criminal case of lawyer Gasanov, who was charged under Article 291.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (mediation in the transfer of a bribe), was completed a few days ago.
It is noteworthy that, according to the source of the agency, Anton Irkhin is well acquainted with the billionaire Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko, with whom he worked together for a long time in the Department “P” GUEBiPK of the MIA (fighting crimes in the consumer market). Several episodes of the Zakharchenko case are connected with this period of his work in GUEBiPK. According to investigators, the owner of the restaurant La Maree, Medi Douss, gave Zakharchenko a bribe in the amount of $800,000, after which he also handed him a La Maree discount card for 3.5 million rubles ($53,000).