FBI to cover up for Russian lawyer who stated that General Drymanov solicited a bribe from him

FBI to cover up for Russian lawyer who stated that General Drymanov solicited a bribe from him

As soon as the former head of the Moscow branch of Russia's Investigative Committee Aleksandr Drymanov was detained, Evgeniy Ryzhov, a lawyer, became a subject for threats.

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is going to cover up for Russian lawyer Evgeniy Ryzhov who became a subject for intimidation straight after he revealed the fact that Aleksandr Drymanov, the former head of the Moscow branch of Russia's Investigative Committee, solicited a bribe from him. This news was shared with RBK news web-portal by Steven Coin, an FBI agent.

As explained by Coin, FBI opened a criminal case. Florida State Police and Interpol also joined to investigate the charge. The subjects for threats are not only Ryzhov himself, but his relatives, as well, as stressed by the federal agent. Anonymous people threaten Ryzhov over the phone to keep quiet about the fact that the General had demanded that the criminal proceedings be ceased.

A number of illegal takeover-related criminal charges against Ryzhkov were launched. In particular, he was put on the wanted list on charges of an illegal takeover of a mansion on Gogolevskiy Boulevard in Moscow. The investigators believe that a group of plotters forged documents and bribed the judge to win the building against Ekvisman Holding Limited. Businessmen Mikhail Chernov and Mikhail Balakariev were sentenced to 7 years in prison on charges of this case. Novaya Gazeta wrote that Ryzhov - before becoming a person of interest - was of counsel for defendants in this case. Later, eight other criminal cases were opened against Ryzhov. The cases were related to alleged illegal takeovers occurred in between 2009 and 2015.

According to Ryzhov, he was offered $3 million for dropping criminal charges and a possibility to return to Russia. Money was allegedly supposed to be paid in three tranches. Ryzhov reported the allegation of racketeering to the Federal Security Service, and the bribery intermediary was detained while delivering the first tranche. According to Ryzhov, the bribery intermediary was a lawyer Vladimir Kochkin.

Soon after, Ryzhov left the country. In August 2017, the news broke that Ryzhov was detained in the U.S. for immigration laws violations. He could be deported from the country. The interesting fact is that Ryzhov is on the ‘Titov list’. Along with other businessmen, he indicated that he would like to return to Russia.

As for the former head of the Moscow branch of Russia's Investigative Committee Aleksandr Drymanov, he was detained soon after he retired in July 2018. He became a defendant in the case related to the corruption in the Investigative Committee. Two other high-ranking officials who had received bribe money from a criminal lord Zakhariy Kalashov (aka Shakro the Young) for freeing the latter’s possy are already convicted on charges of this case.

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