Colonel Zakharchenko: they tell witnesses to frame me in return for freedom
In court, the ex-policeman said there were attempts to get evidence against him.
Dmitry Zakharchenko, the former Head of the MIA GUEBiPK, Department T, said the FSB are putting pressure on Larisa Marchukova, the sister of Nota-Bank's CFO, trying to get evidence against him.
"They are pressurizing Marchukova and others saying they should testify against me and promising freedom in return," said Zakharchenko at the Moscow City Court hearing. He referred to a statement she had allegedly written, a copy of which his lawyers showed him.
Larisa Marchukova and her sister Galina (Nota-Bank's CFO) are in custody in the case of 26-billion-ruble withdrawal from the credit institution.
Zakharchenko, according to investigators, warned the bank's managers of the upcoming raids and detentions in return for 35 million rubles.
Besides, according to the case file, the colonel received a bribe from a businessman Anatoly Pshegornitsky, helped Mikhail Slobodin involved in the Renova case and Fatima Misikova, the key witness in the case of a shootout near Elements restaurant to abscond from justice. The equivalent of about 8.5 billion rubles in various currencies was found in his sister's apartment during a search.
Zakharchenko was officially charged with Bribe-Taking, Abuse of Official Powers and Obstruction of Preliminary Investigation (Art. 290, 285 and 294 of the Criminal Code).
Earlier, the ex-policeman accused the FSB of pressure on both the court and the investigators and said the whole investigation process was an outrage. He also asked to release him and place under house arrest instead, but the term was extended until March 8, 2017. Zakharchenko's defense tried to appeal the decision this morning, yet the Moscow City Court found the verdict passed by the lower court legitimate and left the colonel behind the bars
Aqua business on Baikal. Chinese people to drink the unique lake to the lees? What does this have to do with Deripaska?
Following a request from the West-Baikal Interdistrict Environmental Prosecutor's Office, the Kirovsky District Court of Irkutsk has suspended the construction of a water bottling plant in Kultuk township, Slyudyanka district, pending the rectification of defects identified in the course of the inspection. The construction has been put on hold; the court has to make the final decision in two months. In the meantime, public activists and environmentalists are ringing alarm bells. An all-Russia public rally to protect Lake Baikal is scheduled to March 24; its program includes collection of signatures against the plant construction by AquaSib company belonging to Chinese investors. A day after the court decision, a fire occurred on Talovskie swamps in Kultuk – it must be noted that the main claims brought against the project owners pertain to these swamps. The CrimeRussia was figuring out what threats does the project pose to the lake and local environment, how was it approved, whether a ‘water competition’ is possible in the region, and what has oligarch Oleg Deripaska to do with this?