FSB charges ex-Head of Moscow ICR Main Investigations Directorate Drymanov under second episode
The FSB investigation has charged former Head of the ICR Main Investigations Directorate in Moscow Alexander Drymanov under the second bribery episode in the amount of 500 thousand rubles ($7,525).
This is reported by TASS referring to a source close to the investigation.
General Drymanov, who filed in his resignation note on May 30, 2018, was arrested on July 17. According to Drymanov’s lawyer Denis Kobelev, July 24, the general was charged under part 6 and item ‘c’ part 5 of Art. 290 of the Russian Criminal Code (Bribe-Taking).
The investigation believes that Drymanov, his former deputy Denis Nikandrov, as well as ex-Head of the ICR Investigations Directorate in the Central Administrative District of Moscow Aleksey Kramarenko were part of an organized crime group led by Head of the ICR Department for Interagency Cooperation and Internal Security Mikhail Maksimenko. The FSB charged the high-ranking ICR officers with taking $1 million for their assistance in releasing thief in law Shakro Molodoy’s right-hand man and crime lord Andrey Kochuykov (Italyanets) from custody.
Drymanov’s lawyer Mark Kaverzin called the second charge “slander by one of the participants in the previous trial, as a result of which Drymanov was detained.” The representative of defense refused to provide further comment due to a pledge of secrecy.
To recall, Mikhail Maksimenko, his deputy Alexander Lamonov, and Drymanov’s former deputy Denis Nikandrov had been previously sentenced to various terms of imprisonment under the case of $1-million bribe.
Having concluded a plea agreement with the Prosecutor General's Office, the third of them admitted his guilt and testified about taking part in a corruption scheme of his former immediate superior, General Alexander Drymanov. Apart from Drymanov’s participation in taking a bribe from Shakro Molodoy via businessman Smychkovsky, Nikandrov’s evidence given in Couty in March of 2018 also said that he had transferred a debit bank card with 9,850 euros and an iPhone, to which it was linked, to Drymanov. According to Nikandrov, the money was a payment for the appointment of deputy head of the Moscow ICR Main Investigations Directorate and general patronage in his service.
To recall, earlier, the Lefortovo Court of Moscow extended the arrest of General Drymanov until December 16. The Moscow City Court is to check the legality of this action on September 25.
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