FSB will initiate inspection of criminal cases which were investigated by Deputy Head of Main Investigative Directorate of Russian Investigative Committee Nikandrov
The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) began checking all criminal cases, in the investigation of which the first Deputy Head of the IC MID in Moscow Denis Nikandrov was involved.
The investigating authorities have requested all criminal cases, in the investigation of which Nikandrov was involved. At present, the specialists check his involvement in other similar crimes.
It is to be recalled that, as Crime Russia reported previously, Denis Nikandrov came to the attention of the law enforcement agencies after the Moscow businessman complained to the Investigation Committee that the Deputy Head of the Moscow Metro Georgy Dyagterev refused the tender winning company to pay contract for the decoration of Moscow subway for the Victory Day without an illicit payoff. Then, during the pre-investigation, not only Yuri Degtyarev, but the Head of the Moscow Metro Dmitry Pegov testified. At the same time, the law enforcement officers began to check Pegov’s another deputy, Alexei Kharitonov. He was suspected of corrupt practices in the performance of public contracts for the needs of the Moscow Metro.
In February of this year, the First Deputy Head of the RF IC MID in Moscow Denis Nikandrov intervened in the ongoing inspection and, having summoned the investigator engaged in the relevant investigation against the Metro management, demanded that he wrote a statement on voluntary resignation. At that, Nikandrov threatened his inferior that in case of refusal, he will initiate a check against the investigator which will be followed by the criminal case.
The investigator was preparing to transfer the case to a colleague, and then it turned out that in relation to him a criminal case on the assignment of 1 million rubles had been initiated. The indictment was the following: the investigator allegedly took the money held as material evidence in another criminal case.
Denis Nikandrov tried to get the investigator pled guilty and go under house arrest, but he refused. After that, the investigator was arrested and sent to jail. The criminal case against him was conducted by the officers of the second IC Department in Moscow, specializing in white collar crimes.
At that, after the checks on the subway management, Dyagterev and Kharitonov, the criminal cases were not initiated, due to alleged lack of corpus delicti.
Now, as part of the check in respect of Nikandrov, the FSB demanded to study the first criminal case related to the protection racket of illegal casinos in the Moscow suburbs. This criminal case was initiated against the number of prosecutors, however, it fell apart at the preliminary investigation stage.
Besides, now, the law enforcement officers in addition to the materials of the criminal cases are also studying the documents and digital storage media that were seized during the searches in the IC MID and suspects homes. The experts also interrogate the IC employees.
In relation to the first Deputy Head of the RF IC MID in Moscow Denis Nikandrov, the Head of the Main Directorate of inter-agency cooperation and private security of the IC Mikhail Maksimenko, as well as his Deputy Alexander Lamonov on July 15th a criminal case was initiated. All of them are suspected of taking bribes in a large scale from members of the criminal community.
On the Tuesday morning, 19th of July, Denis Nikandrov and Alexander Lamonov were detained, both at their workplaces. The detention of Mikhail Maksimenko took place when he was at home. Against them, a criminal case under Part 6 of Article 290 of the Criminal Code was initiated (bribe-taking by a functionary by a group of persons by previous concert, or by an organised group on a large scale). Sanction of this Article provides for imprisonment for a term up to 15 years and fines of up to 70 times the amount of the bribe.
According to the investigating authorities, we are talking about a bribe in the amount of $ 1 million. In exchange for this amount the suspects promised to redetermine the crime and the subsequently release Andrei Kochuykov, the crime boss nicknamed Italianets (Italian). It is to be recalled that, he is one of the parties to the conflict in a cafe on the Rochdelskaya Street where in a shootout in December 2015 two people were killed and eight were wounded.
Now, the investigating authorities are finding out who was the briber, and trying to understand what happened to the money that the suspects received as a bribe.
On July 19th, the Moscow's Lefortovo Court ordered the arrest of Nikandrov, Lamonova and Maksimenko. They will remain in custody until 15 September. The court session was held behind closed doors. The defense has appealed the court's decision on arrest. All persons of interest in the case refused to plead guilty and testify.
Every big Russian city has ‘untouchable' people who are beyond the reach of the law enforcement authorities – generals, judges, mayors, etc. Despite overwhelming evidence sufficient to prosecute them, such persons cannot be busted without authorization from the federal center. There is also another type of corrupt officials: their deeds are well-known – but these people are so generous, hospitable, and understanding that no one is willing to arrest them.