Head of ‘banking department’ of Federal Security Service and his 2 subordinates detained on suspicion of bribe taking on large scale

Head of ‘banking department’ of Federal Security Service and his 2 subordinates detained on suspicion of bribe taking on large scale

According to some reports, the detention is tied to a case into an ex-owner of Yugra bank Aleksey Khotin.

Head of a directorate of the Federal Security Service - Colonel Kirill Cherkalin - has been detained on suspicion of bribe taking on a large scale, reports TASS with reference to the Public Relations Centre of the Federal Security Service.

“Head of a directorate of the Federal Security Service - Colonel Kirill Vladimirovich Cherkalin has been detained within a case into bribe taking on a large scale,” the Federal Security Service reported.

They noted that 2 other ex-employees of the same directorate - Frolov Dmitry Alekseevich and Vasiliev Andrey Valerievich - had been also detained. They had earlier been fired due to compromising circumstances.

Truba pod Neglinnoy (Pipe under Neglinnaya street) Telegram channel reported that Kirill Cherkalin had been the head of the 2nd department of the ‘K’ directorate of the Federal Security Service that supervised the Central Bank and banks. According to the channel, the detention is is tied to a case into an ex-owner of Yugra bank Aleksey Khotin. According to sources of Novaya gazeta, Cherkalin was “one of the youngest and up-and-coming employees.”

Criminal case against the ex-owner of Yugra bank Aleksey Khotin - who is being accused of embezzlement of 7.5 billion rubles ($115.6 million) - was initiated after a report by head of the Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina to Vladimir Putin.

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