Court denies general Nikandrov’s release on parole request
The rejection of the release on parole request was caused by a technicality.
Moscow’s Lefortovo court has denied general Denis Nikandrov’s release on parole request. Nikandrov is a former first deputy head of the Main Investigations Directorate of the Investigative Committee of Russia in Moscow who had earlier been sentenced to 5.5 years of imprisonment. This was reported to RIA Novosti by a media relations officer of the court Ksenia Pervovlasenko.
She says the request was denied due to the fact that a copy of the sentence was not attached to it. As soon as this technicality is fixed, Nikandrov’s release on parole request will be accepted.
According to the court’s card index, Denis Nikandrov’s release on parole request was registered on February 26 and denied the next day by court.
Earlier, the Supreme court reclassified Nikandrov’s crime from an extremely serious crime to serious crime, as well as changed his custodial control from strict to standard and reevaluated his term. According to a law that has recently been adopted, one day in a remand prison is equal to 1.5 days which allowed him to send his release on parole request.
As soon as the verdict was delivered, Nikandrov was not convoyed to a colony. He was left in a Moscow’s remand prison.
Moscow city court sentenced Nikandrov to 2.5 years in a colony from $1 million bribe from a ‘thief in law’ Zakhary Kalashev (aka Shakro Molodoy) he had received for relief from criminal responsibility of a ‘thief in law’ Italianets.
Besides Nikandrov, former head of the Main Investigations Directorate of the Investigative Committee of Russia in Moscow Aleksander Drymanov, former head of the main directorate for interdepartmental interaction and internal affairs of the Investigative Committee Mikhail Maksimenko, former head of the Office of Investigations of the Investigative Committee of Russia in Moscow Aleksey Kramarenko, deputy head of the the main directorate for interdepartmental interaction and internal affairs of the Investigative Committee Aleksander Lamonov are also defendants in the case.
After Nikandrov agreed to cooperate with the investigation, Moscow city court started considering his case without examining of evidence and a plenary confession of a defendant of his own guilt. Due to the fact that the materials are secreted, the hearing took place behind closed doors. Colleagues of the former general reported - off the record - RIA Novosti that Nikandrov agreed to cooperate with the investigation and testified against his former chief Drymanov just because the latter “repeatedly tried to shuffle off the blame on to Nikandrov during the first investigation.”
In his testimonies, Nikandrov told the investigation about the fact that Drymanov had received two bribes: the first one was handed over to him by Nikandrov for protectorship; as for another one, they both received it for reducing the charges of Andrey Kochuykov (aka Italianets).
Besides that, as soon as the verdict was delivered, representative of the prosecution told reporters that Nikandrov “virtually exposed Maksimenko.”
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?