FSB colonel Cherkalin kept his billions in rubles, euros, dollars and valuables
Apart from 12 billion in jewels and currency, the security officer has the same amount in his bank accounts.
Certain details have become known about 12 billion rubles ($185 million) belonging to FSB colonel Kirill Cherkalin. This amount was stored in cash rubles, dollars, euros, as well as stocks and luxury jewelry. Collections of watches of luxury brands were also found, Kommersant reports citing the source.
The publication reports that siloviki did not seize all – the valuables belong not only to Cherkalin, but also to his colleagues. Part of the jewels belongs to his subordinates from the “banking” department of the FSB, Colonels Dmitry Frolov and Andrey Vasilyev.
Investigators are establishing the accounts of individuals and companies that may be associated with those arrested. It is expected that about 12 billion rubles may be kept on those accounts.
According to investigators, FSB officers could have received large sums using service information. They supplied insider information on checks or revocations of licenses from banks from the Central Bank, the Ministry of Finance and stock exchanges in exchange for a fee. Investigators are checking three banks, including Trast and Yugra.
Cherkalin is accused of bribe-taking on an especially large scale. According to the investigation, the colonel received $850 thousand for general protection.
The intel scandal involving Oleg Smolenkov, who had access to the Kremlin and possessed valuable information, has become a widely discussed topic. It was CNN who reported, citing sources in the CIA and Donald Trump administration, on the “informant” being evacuated from Russia in 2017. It turned out that for certain people in Russia, the spy’s disappearance was not a secret, while the Russian elite denied the fact of espionage in unison with the American one. The Smolenkov family was forced to leave their luxurious mansion in Virginia, and their current whereabouts are unknown. Smolenkov’s “patron,” Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation for the International Sector Yury Ushakov, continues to fulfill his duties. The CrimeRussia looked into the story of “exfiltration” of the top informant and the possible consequences of his work as an intelligencer.