Ex-owner of Yugra bank testifies against Colonel of Federal Security Service Cherkalin

Ex-owner of Yugra bank testifies against Colonel of Federal Security Service Cherkalin
Aleksey Khotin

Aleksey Khotin has told he had been paying to the head of the ‘banking’ department of the Federal Security Service for protection for a few years.

Colonel of the Federal Security Service Kirill Cherkalin was arrested after former owner of Yugra bank Aleksey Khotin had testified against him, reports RBC with reference to sources familiar with the investigation.

One of the sources says Khotin told the investigation that he had been paying to the head of the ‘banking’ department of the Federal Security Service for protection for a few years. Cherkalin had to “settle issues related to criminal cases against structures and parties affiliated with Khotin,” the source clarified.

At the instruction of Cherkalin, employees of the department contacted their colleagues in MIA and the Investigative Committee of Russia and supervised investigation of cases or - if possible - prevented their initiation, the RBC source added. The Ex-owner of Yugra testified against the Colonel after he had been arrested - which was “quite unexpected” to him.

Another source of RBC notes that the internal affairs department of the Federal Security Service were aware of the illegal activity Cherkalin carried out - before Khotin told about it. “The internal affairs department had information about at least 3 instances of Cherkalin’s illegal activity. After Khotin had testified against him, it was decided to actualize the gathered data,” the source reported.

Head of the 2nd department of the ‘K’ directorate of the internal affairs department of the Federal Security Service Kirill Cherkalin is being accused of bribe taking (article 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) worth of $850 thousand from November, 2013, up to February, 2015, for “commission of actions or inactivity to the benefit of the bribe-giver and commercial structures, as well as for common protection.” Along with Cherkalin, his former ex-director Dmitry Frolov and workfellow Andrey Vasiliev were detained. In 2011, they were accused of theft of assets worth of 490 million rubles ($7.5 million) from a businessman Sergey Glyadelkin. Other defendants in the case are ex-head of Eurofinance of Mosnarbank Vladimir Stolyarenko and bank director Aleksander Bondarenko.

Cash and jewels worth of 12 billion rubles ($185 million) were seized during searched in apartments and offices of Cherkalin, Frolov and Vasiliev. The investigation believes that the same amount is on accounts of false parties and companies. The money had been kept in apartments owned by the detainees and their safe-deposit boxes.

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