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
Unnecessary witness. Death of penitentiary service lieutenant colonel Viktor Shevchenko: Suicide or murder?
Two events occurred in close succession in the Irkutsk region. On February 11, 2018, it became known that major general Anatoly Kilanov, Head of the Regional Directorate of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, was removed from office. The main suspect in an anti-corruption inquest carried out in late 2017, Kilanov was accused of extorting ‘levies’ from his subordinates. On February 12, 2018, Viktor Shevchenko, his deputy for service support, was found hanged. The investigation is currently explaining this suicide by a family quarrel. Has the lieutenant colonel really taken his own life? Or was it a disguised murder? And if so, who could be interested in it?