Denis Nikandrov gives new testimony against ICR investigators
After checking the statements, the FSB will have questions to ask Mikhail Maksimenko and a number of current ICR employees.
Former Deputy Head of the ICR Main Investigations Directorate in Moscow Denis Nikandrov has given new testimony regarding the corruption in the Investigative Committee system. Rosbalt reports referring to a source that a new series of interrogation took place in early October 2018. According to the new testimony, much more employees of the ICR, who are currently charged as part of the criminal case of bribery, could have been involved in the story with crime lord Andrey Kochuykov’s (Italyanets) release for a bribe. Employees of two more departments, including the one responsible for monitoring the investigation, could have taken part in the corruption story. Nikandrov gave specific names and told about cases known to him when these officers made dubious decisions in other criminal cases. The publication source did not rule out that after checking Nikandrov’s statements, the FSB will have questions to ask Mikhail Maksimenko and a number of current ICR employees.
It is noteworthy that after further interrogations of Nikandrov, the Supreme Court changed the category of his crime from especially grave to grave. Thanks to this, the law, according to which one day in jail equals 1.5 days in colony applied to the convicted ICR general. Earlier, the Moscow City Court sentenced Denis Nikandrov to 5.5 years' imprisonment for Bribe-Taking on an Especially Large Scale.
In addition, Rosbalt has come to be in possession of testimony extracts, which Nikandrov had previously given. According to the statements, businessman Dmitry Smychkovsky regularly visited Head of the ICR Main Investigations Directorate in Moscow Alexander Drymanov. During one of such visits, Drymanov suddenly went to Nikandrov’s office (“which was an extremely rare occasion”) and asked if it was possible to refer the case against Kochuykov and Romanov to the ICR Directorate in the Moscow Central District headed by Aleksey Kramarenko. Allegedly, the latter would reclassify the actions of the defendants from Hooliganism to Arbitrariness. Then they were to admit their guilt and get released from the pre-trial detention center. After that, the case would be sent to court using a special procedure. According to Drymanov, Smychkovsky was ready to pay 1 million dollars for that.
However, it later turned out that the defendants refused to plead guilty, therefore, no one was going to change their preventive measure. Nikandrov told Maksimenko about this, but the latter assured him that he would talk with Smychkovsky. Then Kramarenko offered to release Kochuykov and Romanov at the expiration of the time limit for their detention. Maksimenko said that if Kramarenko had “screwed up,” it was him who should be held responsible, especially since he had already got the money. A few days later, Nikandrov asked how the defendants’ case was developing, to which Smychkovsky assured that everything would be fine and, as he put it, “our ears won't get exposed.” In addition, Smychkovsky said that some law enforcement officers acted dishonestly, because they promised support, but broke their word.