General Wanted. Operatives looking for person of interest in case of Colonel Zakharchenko 

General Wanted. Operatives looking for person of interest in case of Colonel Zakharchenko
MIA Major-General Alexey Laushkin

The former head of the Rosgvardia (Russian National Guard) department for the Moscow Region and the deputy chief of the Main Directorate of the MIA’s extra-departmental security, Major-General Laushkin, was placed on the wanted list. He is suspected of mediating the transfer of a bribe from restaurateur Mehdi Duss to Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko.

According to TASS, Major General Alexey Laushkin was placed on the operational wanted list within the case of former head of the Department T of the MIA’s General Administration for Economic Security and Combatting the Corruption (GUEBiPK), Dmitry Zakharchenko. The investigators tried to interrogate the former security agent for a month, but could not find him. Now, the investigator issues a decree according to which the General must be forcibly brought to the interrogation, although, according to preliminary information, the suspect in the mediation in the transfer of Zakharchenko’s bribe from restaurateur Mehdi Duss, is located in Georgia.

The CrimeRussia reported immediately about the fact that Alexey Laushkin is hiding from the investigation in Georgia, right after the name of the Rosgvardia General transpired at a session of the Moscow City Court on May 17, where he was named a suspect in the case of Colonel Zakharchenko. The court was considering the complaint of Zakharchenko's lawyers about the arrest of $16 million in the accounts of a certain Liliya Gorshkova in VTB24, when the lawyers of the suspect, Lebedevich and Gorbatenko, violated the secrecy of the investigation, telling about General Laushkin and the FSB Colonel Dmitry Senin as the new defendants in the case. The lawyers mentioned Laushkin and Senin in the context of denying the version of the investigation according to which Zakharchenko was suspected in receiving $800 000 from the owner of the restaurant La Maree.

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Mehdi Duss

On the same day, the press service of the Central District of the Federal Service of the National Guard Troops disowned Major-General Laushkin, recalling with an official message that he had not served in Rosgvardia since August 2016, when by President Vladimir Putin's decree he was dismissed along with other high-ranking officials. The press service stressed that on the eve of the dismissal, Laushkin was removed from his post.

The source of the CrimeRussia noted that the wife of General Laushkin, who controls several markets in Moscow, has Georgian citizenship. And, most likely, Laushkin is currently in Georgia.

The publication Rosbalt previously wrote that the former Rosgvardia general was connected with Dmitry Zakharchenko not only in regards with the bribe from restaurateur Mehdi Duss. The sphere of Zakharchenko’s ‘shadow’ stretched far beyond the fuel and energy complex, with the economic crimes in which the GUEBiPK department headed by him fought. Within several years of work in the anti-corruption department, Zakharchenko, thanks to the support of FSB officers Dmitry Senin, Yevgeny Lobanov and Sergey Gribanov, changed several departments and had extensive connections in the structure of the Russian MIA. With General Laushkin Zakharchenko got acquainted, according to Rosbalt, through the former adviser of the ex-head of GUEBiPK Denis Sugrobov, Alexander Parfenov. Parfenov previously served in the MIA Department for the Central Administrative District together with Alexey Laushkin, with whom he was on friendly terms.

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Governor of the Moscow Region Andrey Vorobyov discusses work issues with regional head of Rosgvardia Laushkin

In the opinion of Rosbalt's source, during the period of work in the directorate of the GUEBiPK which oversaw the consumer market, Zakharchenko sponsored the business of Laushkin's wife.

"Later, her functions expanded," the source said. "Entrepreneurs went to her, they had to solve something through the GUEBiPK or the FSB. Clearly, they did not go empty-handed. Then, the whole chain worked, at the end of which there were Zakharchenko and Senin."

It is to be recalled that former FSB Colonel Dmitry Senin, who is a relative of Colonel Zakharchenko, was put on the wanted list in April on charges of desertion. Today, it transpired that he was charged in absentia with another five crimes under articles of the of the Russian Criminal Code: 291 (bribery), 291.1 (bribery mediation), 285 (abuse of office), 294 (obstruction of justice and preliminary investigation) and 290 (bribe taking). The location of Dmitry Senin is unknown, however, according to some sources, he disappeared abroad using false documents.

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Senin’s brother-in-law, former MIA Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko, is under investigation. He is accused of taking bribes (part 6 of Art. 290), abuse of office (Art. 285) and obstruction of justice (Art. 294). Today, it transpired that the investigation added to Zakharchenko’s charges another several episodes provided for in the Criminal Code Art 291.1 (mediation in bribery).


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