Court arrested Colonel Zakharchenko until November 8
The Presnensky Court of Moscow ordered detention of the Acting Head of the Department T at the MIA General Administration for Economic Security and Combatting the Corruption Dmitry Zakharchenko until November 8. This has been announced in the courtroom.
Zakharchenko is charged under three articles of the Russian Criminal Code, including Bribery on a Especially Large Scale, Abuse of Official Powers, and Obstruction of Carrying out of Justice and of Preliminary Investigations. In the courtroom, investigator stated that an amount in foreign currency equivalent to 8.5 billion rubles had been seized from Zakharchenko's apartment.
The accused Interior Ministry officer's defense asked the court to select house arrest as a pre-trial restriction, however, the court did not grant the application. Zakharchenko vehemently denies the charge against him.
"Grant the investigator's motion, choose detention until 8 November as a pre-trial restriction against the accused Zakharchenko," Judge Tatyana Vasyuchenko has ruled.
Let us recall that it has been revealed that the colonel is involved in a number of previously unrelated high-profile cases, from the firing on Rochdelskaya Street in Moscow, when two members of Shakro Molodoy's crime group were killed, to the escape of the former Head of VimpelCom Mikhail Slobodin, who is a defendant in the Renova bribery case, from Russia.
Several new criminal cases against corrupt officials have been instituted in Dagestan. The high-ranked suspects include Abdulmedzhid Suleimanov, ex-Mayor of Izberbash; Amir Magomedov, ex-Head of the Izberbash Administration; Magomed Dzhelilov, Head of the Derbent District; and El’dar Karagishiev, Head of the Babayurt District. In the past, all of them were suspected of similar crimes – but somehow managed to get off the hook. The new arrests occur amid the anti-corruption campaign in the republican law enforcement structures. What are the true reasons behind the new wave of the personnel purge? Can the anti-corruption slogans conceal a fierce battle waged by local clans for redistribution of assets with the purpose to create a new ‘untouchable’ elite in Dagestan?