General Drymanov may face up to 22 years in jail

General Drymanov may face up to 22 years in jail
Alexander Drymanov

The former Moscow head of the Investigative Committee’s Central Directorate might be sentenced to 8 to 15 years of imprisonment for several counts of bribery. Since the crimes are considered particularly grave, the court could add the penalties together by adding half the term for the second count to the maximum sanction.

General Drymanov, head of the Investigative Committee of Russia’s Central Directorate was arrested on suspicion of bribery and is now facing up to 22 years in jail, RIA Novosti reported citing his lawyer Alexey Mikhalchik.

According to Mikhalchik, the punishment for each of the counts provides for 8 to 15 years of imprisonment. Since the crimes are considered particularly grave, the court could add the penalties together by adding half the term for the second count to the maximum sanction, which means Drymanov would have to spend 22 years in jail.

Besides, the general will have to pay 70 times the amount of bribes he took, said Mikhalchik. The punishment will depend on the line of defense, he said. The lawyer added the Drymanov case could not be tried with a jury, so a professional judge will be passing the verdict. 

Alexander Drymanov was arrested for accepting bribes from the cronies of the thief in law Zakhary Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy) being a high-ranking officer of the ICR. His fellow defendants are Mikhail Maksimenko (former head of ICR Security Department), who was sentenced to 13 years of the strict regime, and a few other officers, including Drymanov’s former first deputy, Denis Nikandrov.

The ICR officers reportedly accepted $1 million as a bribe from Shakro's cronies and split the money. Drymanov got $200.000, according to investigators. The other offense was Drymanov getting 9.850 euros from Nikandrov for patronage. Nikandrov testified about that in court in the Maksimenko case where the former Moscow head of ICR was a witness. The Lefortovo court sentenced Drymanov to custody on May 17; he was placed in the Lefortovo detention center.

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