Defendant in case of Shakro Molodoy’s bribe testified against Moscow ICR Head Aleksandr Drymanov

Defendant in case of Shakro Molodoy’s bribe testified against Moscow ICR Head Aleksandr Drymanov
Aleksandr Drymanov

Clouds are gathering over the ICR general. His former subordinate Aleksey Kramarenko, arrested in late 2017 in the case of a bribe to high-ranking ICR officers from thief in law Zakhary Kalashov, has revealed the involvement of his former immediate superior in the corruption episode.

Former Head of the ICR Investigations Directorate in the Moscow Central Administrative District Aleksey Kramarenko has testified that he had released crime lord Andrey Kochuykov on the personal order from Head of the ICR Main Investigations Directorate in Moscow Aleksandr Drymanov, Rosbalt reports.

Operational work in respect of General Drymanov is conducted as part of the criminal case of bribe transfer worth $500 thousand to ICR officers by businessman Dmitry Smychkovsky – part of a collective contribution in the amount of $5 million by gangland entrepreneurs for the release of Shakro Molodoy’s henchman, crime lord Andrey Kochuykov aka Italyanets.

The case was initiated on June 2, 2017. Then its materials were attached to the common case of OCC creation by thief in law Zakhary Kalashov to bribe security officials. Initially, the first defendant in this episode had been Head of the ICR Department for Interagency Cooperation and Internal Security Mikhail Maksimenko; then the name of Aleksandr Drymanov appeared; his former deputy Denis Nikandrov testified against him in the spring of 2018. In particular, he told the investigation that he had given a bribe in the amount of 10 thousand euro to Drymanov. The latter attributed the words of his former subordinate to “moral and physical fatigue.”

The Russian FSB has long been seeking to commence proceedings against the head of the ICR Investigations Directorate in Moscow, whose involvement in the receipt of bribe by high-ranking ICR officers from thief in law Shakro Molodoy’s supporters was exposed by a Prosecutor’s Office representative back at the January session of the Moscow City Court.

However, the only obstacle to this was ICR Head Aleksander Bastrykin. Only an ICR chairman may initiate a criminal case against the region’s Head of the Investigations Directorate. The agency notes that the FSB has submitted corresponding documents to Bastrykin, but he has yet to react; Drymanov remains at his post.

In turn, Bastrykin may change his job in the near future. In mid-May, RIA Novosti reported citing its sources that the Investigative Committee chairman might join the Constitutional Court as a judge. In May, Dozhd TV channel referring to Kremlin sources noted that the top leadership of the country was deciding on the future of the ICR, which would either be disbanded or subordinated to the Prosecutor General's Office.

Former Head of the ICR Internal Security in the Moscow Central Administrative District Aleksey Kramarenko, who had testified against Drymanov, was detained on December 26, 2017, when he was already working for Rosneft. According to Rosbalt, Kramarenko denies his guilt, although he said that he had “organized the adoption of necessary procedural decisions in favor of Kochuykov at the direction of his immediate superior Drymanov, but never received a monetary reward for these actions.”

To recall, Shakro Molodoy’s henchman Andrey Kochuykov was arrested after the shootout outside the Elements restaurant on Rochdelskaya Street in December 2015. According to the investigation, after that businessmen Oleg Sheykhametov and Dmitry Smychkovsky transferred two bribes to high-ranking ICR officers for facilitating his release. In the summer of 2016, Denis Nikandrov, Head of the ICR Department for Interagency Cooperation Maksim Maksimenko, and his deputy Aleksandr Lamonov were arrested on charges of corruption. A year later, Maksimenko’s second deputy Denis Bogorodetsky was arrested, however, the FSB terminated his persecution in connection with “active repentance.”

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