Deputy Head of Moscow Main Investigations Directorate reveals Drymanov’s “special order” in Shakro Molodoy case

Deputy Head of Moscow Main Investigations Directorate reveals Drymanov’s “special order” in Shakro Molodoy case

It turned out that Sergey Sinyagovsky had received an order from Drymanov to send the shootout participants under house arrest rather than in a pre-trial detention center.

February 12, the Moscow City Court is questioning Deputy Head of the ICR Main Investigations Directorate in Moscow Sergey Sinyagovsky. The interrogation is held as part of the case of bribery, which, according to the investigation, Head of the ICR Main Directorate of Interdepartmental Interaction and Internal Security Mikhail Maksimenko had received for the release of Zakhar Kalashov’s (Shakro Molodoy) people – Andrey Kochuykov and Eduard Romanov.

During the interrogation, Sinyagovsky told the court why Eduard Budantsev, who had killed two people in the shootout, was placed under house arrest, while the rest of the defendants were sent to a pre-trial detention center despite the less serious charges.

“As for Budantsev’s house arrest, I was instructed by Alexander Aleksandrovich Drymanov to elect this preventive measure,” Sinyagovsky said.

In addition, Sinyagovsky reported to the court that he was well acquainted with Dmitry Smychkovsky, who, according to the investigation, is one of the intermediaries in the transfer of a 500-thousand-dollar bribe and is currently on the wanted list.

“We met in Krasnodar. He is from the Krasnodar region, like me. We contacted from time to time. Obviously, I met with Smychkovsky during the investigation,” the Main Investigations Directorate Deputy Head said.

To recall, the high-profile case of the shootout on Rochdelskaya Street was initiated in December 2015. The shootout involved thief in law Shakro Molodoy’s henchmen on the one side, and veteran of the USSR KGB, lawyer Eduard Budantsev on the other. Due to the public importance of the case, it was referred to the Moscow Main Investigations Directorate’s Major Investigations Department headed by Sinyagovsky.

In February 2016, the case was reclassified and referred to a different department, where it was supervised by ICR Deputy Head Denis Nikandrov. In July of the same year, Maksimenko, his deputy Lamonov, and Nikandrov were detained on charges of transferring a bribe for the release of Shakro’s people.

Former Head of the ICR Main Directorate of Interdepartmental Interaction and Internal Security Mikhail Maksimenko is accused of taking a 500-thousand-dollar bribe. The bribe was transferred from businessman Oleg Sheykhametov through a long chain of intermediaries. In exchange for this money reward, Maksimenko was to assist in mitigating the charges and punishment for Shakro Molodoy’s henchmen Andrey Kochyukov and Eduard Romanov, arrested after the Rochdelskaya Street shootout.

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