Colonel Zakharchenko will be checked in connection with troubled banks

Colonel Zakharchenko will be checked in connection with troubled banks

Zakharchenko’s position and access to important inside information Zakharchenko made him an effective problem solver.

The investigation will check the arrested Acting Head of the Department T of the General Administration for Economic Security and Combatting the Corruption (GAESCC) Dmitry Zakharchenko in connection with possible ties to the banks suspected of withdrawal of assets, TASS reported, citing a source familiar with the situation.

First of all, law enforcers will study the connections Zakharchenko may have to the banks with revoked license. The colonel could possibly solve their problems by engaging in shady schemes of withdrawal and cashing out of the assets in exchange for substantial percentage, the source said.

Illegal operations with bank funds is not the only thing that is implied to the colonel. Another important area of his work could be the protection of major business structures and individuals, in the form of solving their problems with the police.

This information confirms the previously published data obtained from the banker convicted for fraud, Pyotr Chuvilin, who was one of the first to testify against his former patron.

Chuvilin claims that for nearly 10 years, the banker, who was involved in siphoning off and cashing out funds, paid Zakharchenko a monthly fee for protection of his fraudulent schemes from MIA.

In mid-September, Zakharchenko's former colleagues told reporters from Kommersant that the Acting Head of the Department T was involved in bank fraud not only with Nota-Bank. He was also suspected of keeping the seized 8.5 billion rubles.

The colleagues claimed that Zakharchenko, together with his shadow mentor, the Chief of the 7th Division of the GAESCC operational-investigative bureau Dmitry Zabednov, provided protection "for hundreds of companies and banks." The fees for that were huge, and a considerable part of them was siphoned off from the state budget. Former colleagues say that there were hundreds of billions of rubles.

As for Zakharchenko’s protection for companies and individuals who had trouble with the law, previously a source of the CrimeRussia reported that the colonel had been an influential problem solver in the criminal world. For a fee, according to the source, he could help the client to avoid criminal liability.

As a reminder, this aspect of Zakharchenko’s shady business can be confirmed with his assistance to a defendant in the shootout on Rochdelskaya Street case, Fatima Misikova. There is also evidence that the Colonel had warned the Nota-Bank financial director Galina Marchukova and the Head of the bank Mikhail Slobodin of the impending arrest, as well as the Deputy Head of the ICR Moscow department, the General Denis Nikandrov.

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