FSB detains former ICR Head in Moscow Drymanov
Sources say the question of the General’s arrest will be decided on Wednesday.
The FSB has detained ex-Head of the ICR Moscow Directorate, Alexander Drymanov, RBC reports referring to sources.
According to the publication’s source, a preventive measure against the General will be elected on Wednesday. “The Main Investigations Directorate Head has been detained under Art. 91 of the Russian Code of Criminal Procedure (grounds for detaining a suspect),” one of the sources said.
At the same time, Mash reported via Telegram that Drymanov is charged with receiving a bribe. Just like his former subordinates, he is a defendant in the case of thief in law Zakhary Kalashov aka Shakro Molodoy. Ex-Deputy Head of the ICR Main Investigations Directorate in Moscow Denis Nikandrov testified against the General.
“I walked into Drymanov’s office – he invited me to go to the recreation room. There was a dark bag on the couch piled high with a bundle of US dollars. Drymanov picked up the soft drawstring bag with Bosco logo and began to fill it with the bundles. He asked me to go with him to prevent unwanted guests from entering the recreation room,” Nikandrov said.
According to him, there was $200 thousand in the bag, which should be split between four people – Maksimenko, Smychkovsky, Drymanov, and Nikandrov.
In addition, the channel reported that the investigation has information that Drymanov gave personal instructions to withdraw the case of the shootout on Rochdelskaya Street. It happened when Shakro Molodoy appeared in the case.
The filing for retirement by Head of the ICR Main Investigations Directorate in Moscow, Major-General of Justice Alexander Drymanov to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin became known June 1. Drymanov indicated retirement over length of service as the cause of handing in his resignation.
Previously, Drymanov was at the center of a scandal when his name began to appear in the testimony of defendants in the criminal case of a bribe from thief in law Shakro Molodoy to Mikhail Maksimenko, former Head of the Investigative Committee Bureau of Internal Affairs, his Deputy Alexander Lamonov and First Deputy Head of the capital's ICR’s MID, Denis Nikandrov.
It is noteworthy that after his dismissal, Drymanov tried to get a lawyer’s status. This could have granted him immunity from the FSB, as the Major-General would have retained his special subject while remaining the subject of the exclusive jurisdiction of his department, and not the FSB.
According to the investigation, the persons charged with taking bribes from Shakro Molodoy planned to organize the release his accomplice, criminal authority Andrey Kochuykov, arrested in the case of a shootout on Rochdelskaya Street in December 2015. At the same time, Drymanov was regularly mentioned at court sessions among bribe-takers, but he did not receive any status in the investigation. The General himself denies involvement in corruption, explaining suspicions about himself with the interdepartmental confrontation between the ICR and the FSB, which, he said, seeks to gain control over the Investigative Committee in the framework of the reform of the investigative bodies.
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.