Colonel Zakharchenko transferred to Lefortovo detention center

Colonel Zakharchenko transferred to Lefortovo detention center
Dmitry Zakharchenko Photo: Moscow City News Agency

Zakharchenko is accused of abuse of official powers, obstruction of a preliminary investigation and bribe-taking on an especially large scale.

Dmitry Zakharchenko, the Acting Head of Department T of the MIA Main Directorate for Economic Safety and Counteracting Corruption, accused of bribe-taking, has been transferred from a temporary detention facility located 38 Petrovka to Lefortovo detention unit, his lawyer Yuri Novikov told the TASS.

"Mr. Zakharchenko has been transferred from Petrovka detention facility to Lefortovo detention unit", the lawyer said.

Zakharchenko is accused of abuse of official powers, obstruction of a preliminary investigation and bribe-taking on an especially large scale. He was arrested September 10. During the search in his sister's apartment the investigators seized about 8.5 billion rubles.

Earlier, a law enforcement source told the TASS that the criminal case against Zakharchenko was initiated regarding a theft of 26 billion rubles from Nota-bank. The source claims Zakharchenko, being on friendly terms with the bank's chief financial officer Galina Marchukova, had warned her about the ongoing operational and search activities and the upcoming detention and she gave him a part of the stolen money for temporary storage. The 8.5 billion seized from Zakharchenko are believed to be that part of the stolen Nota-bank’s money.

Zakharchenko's attorney claims he has nothing to do with the Nota-bank case. According to the lawyer Yuri Novikov, his client did in fact know Marchukova, but did not warn her about the searches nor did he investigate the case.

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