Criminal case initiated into embezzlement of €3mln seized from Colonel Zakharchenko

Criminal case initiated into embezzlement of €3mln seized from Colonel Zakharchenko
Dmitry Zakharchenko in the Presnensky Court of Moscow

The disappearance of a large sum of cash seized from the billionaire colonel was reported in late May 2018. It was the bailiffs who discovered the shortage.

A criminal case into the embezzlement of three billion euros (more than 230 million rubles) of the money previously seized from ex-MIA Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko accused of corruption crimes has been initiated against unidentified persons.

This is reported by two sources of Interfax without specifying the investigative body that initiated the case following a pre-investigation check. It is reported that a criminal case of embezzlement on an especially large scale has been initiated. There is no official information from law enforcers yet.

Former Acting Head of the Department 'T’ of the MIA General Administration for Economic Security and Combatting the Corruption (GuEBiPK) Dmitry Zakharchenko was detained by FSB officers in September 2016. During searches in the apartment of his sister, his service office, and car, more than $120 million and 2 million euros were seized.

According to then-Press Head of the ICR Vladimir Markin, the great amount of cash recognized as material evidence to establish other facts of Zakharchenko’s bribe-taking. Immediately after being seized, the money was brought to the building of the ICR Main Investigations Directorate in Moscow on Novy Arbat Street, where it was secured in the assembly hall. Then, after recounting and drawing up of accompanying documents, it was impounded and then sent to the Sberbank’s cash collection center Volgogradsky in 44 sealed boxes.

The fact that part of the money seized had gone missing was reported on May 30, 2018. It was discovered by the bailiffs who came to forfeit the money. According to the court decision, which complied with the suit of the Prosecutor General's Office against Zakharchenko’s family early in the year, property and cash in the amount of 374 million rubles, $140 million, and €2 million were collected in favor of the Federal Treasury. Different amounts were heard — from 120 to 230 million rubles ($1.78 to 3.42 million). In June 2018, one of Zakharchenko’s lawyers, Aleksandr Karabanov, said that over 200 million rubles ($2.98 million) seized during the investigation into Zakharchenko’s billions, went missing when the money was stored in the Investigative Committee’s building.

To recall, former Acting Head of the Department 'T’ of the MIA’s GuEBiPK Dmitry Zakharchenko is charged with three episodes of Bribe-Taking on an Especially Large Scale, Abuse of Official Powers, and Obstruction of Carrying out of Justice. In August 2018, the Presnensky Court of Moscow began to consider the criminal case of Dmitry Zakharchenko on the merits. The former colonel is charged with three episodes — two bribes and obstruction of the investigation. Zakharchenko does not plead guilty.

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