General Drymanov says he is ready for “procedural battle”
The former head of Moscow's Investigative Committee does not intend to leave Russia and will defend his innocence in court.
The former head of the Investigative Committeee’s Directorate for Moscow, General Alexander Drymanov, said that he does not intend to leave Russia and is ready to defend his innocence in court, an RBC correspondent reports.
Asked by the reporter why he did not leave Russia, Drymanov replied: “Where should I go? This is our homeland.” He also added that he was “ready for a procedural battle.”
Lefortovsky Court in Moscow addressed the pre-trial preventive measure regarding the General behind the closed doors. As previously reported by the RBC correspondent, the General was brought to the hearing not in a police paddy wagon but on a tinted minivan with state plate numbers AMR.
The detainment of Drymanov by the FSB operatives became known on the morning of July 17. The source of the publication, familiar with the materials of the investigation, said that he was detained on suspicion of involvement in receiving a bribe from mafia lord Zakhary Kalashov (also known as Shakro Molodoy).
The person, who sounded suspicions against Drymanov in January 2018 during another process, the defendant in which was the ex-head of the department of internal security of the Investigative Committee, Mikhail Maksimenko, was State prosecutor Boris Loktionov.
It concerns entrepreneur Dmitry Motorin, Boris Usherovich, a co-owner of the Group of Companies 1520, and Novoe Vremya board member, Ivan Stankevich. Motorin is accused of giving a bribe on an especially large scale, and Stankevich and Usherovich are charged with bribe-taking.
This week, the judicial debates in the trial of Vladimir Barsukov-Kumarin charged with creation of Tambovskie organized criminal group have been finished in the Kuibyshevsky District Court of St. Petersburg. If the court upholds the stance of the state prosecution, the once-influential criminal ‘authority’ may be convicted to almost 25 years behind bars. In reality, this translates into a life term for the legend of criminal St. Petersburg.