General Nikandrov could be behind the failure of Moscow Metro corruption case

General Nikandrov could be behind the failure of Moscow Metro corruption case
Denis Nikandrov, Deputy Head of the Main Investigations Directorate for the City of Moscow of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation Photo: Collage by the CrimeRussia

The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) is currently reviewing all cases that could be ‘influenced’ by some high-ranked Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation (ICR) officers.

During the investigation of the criminal case related to the bribe paid by thief in law Shakro Molodoy to heads of ICR directorates, more possible corruption episodes involving the suspects began to pop-up. In other words, the corrupt investigators had assisted not only to Shakro Molodoy in releasing detained suspects, lightening charges laid against them, and ruining criminal cases.

A Moscow businessman told Life.ru that at some point he reported Yuri Degtyarev, the Deputy Head of the Moscow Metro, to investigators. In his report, the businessman explained that his company has won the tender for Moscow subway decoration for the Victory Day, but Degtyarev refused to pay the contract amount without a kickback. The Investigative Committee for the Moscow Metro initiated a pre-investigation review, during which both Dmitry Pegov, the Head of the Moscow Metro, and Yuri Degtyarev provided testimonies. Approximately at the same time, an audit against Aleksey Kharitonov, another deputy of Pegov, was initiated. He was suspected of corruption in handling state contracts awarded by the Moscow Metro.

In February 2016, Nikandrov has intervened into the audit. He summoned the investigator who handled the case against the Metro management and demanded him to resign voluntarily. Otherwise Nikandrov threatened to initiate an audit against him, which could result in a criminal case.

The investigator from the department for criminal investigations in the Moscow Metro was preparing to hand over his cases to a colleague, when it turned out that he is accused of a larceny for 1 million rubles. The criminal case was already initiated. He allegedly took money used as evidence in another criminal case and, instead of returning the sum to the owner, forced him to sign an acknowledgement of the receipt and appropriated the money.

Nikandrov suggested him to admit guilt and be put under home arrest. When the investigator declined, he was arrested and put into a pretrial detention facility. The criminal case against him was handled by the second department of the Main Investigations Directorate for the City of Moscow specializing in malfeasances.

The audit against the Metro managers – Degtyarev and Kharitonov – resulted in nothing: the request to initiate criminal proceedings was declined due to absence of elements of crime.

The FSB is currently reviewing all criminal cases that could involve the high-ranked ICR officers. To refresh background: the reason for the arrest of Denis Nikandrov, the Deputy Head of the Main Investigations Directorate for the City of Moscow of ICR; Mikhail Maksimenko, the Head of the Main Directorate for Interdepartmental Liaison and Internal Security of the ICR; and his Deputy Aleksander Lamonov was a $1 million bribe paid by henchmen of Zakhar Kalashov for the release of Andrey Italian Kochuikov.

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