Head of FSB Department 'K’ accused of taking $850k bribe

Head of FSB Department 'K’ accused of taking $850k bribe
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According to the investigation, Kirill Cherkalin received money for “action or inaction” in relation to a certain commercial structure.

Head of the unit No. 2 of the Department 'K’ of the FSB Economic Security Service, Kirill Cherkalin has been charged with Bribe-Taking worth $850 thousand. The investigation believes the silovik received money in the period from November 2013 to February 2015; in exchange, he provided protection to one of the private companies. 

“Cherkalin is charged with taking over 52 million rubles ($806,000) for committing action or inaction in favor of the bribe giver and commercial structures, as well as for general patronage,” the judge read out the decision.

The security official’s defense asked to cancel the decision on the detention of the defendant. Cherkalin agreed with the demands of the lawyer and did not disclose his position on the charges. 

It was previously reported that the FSB officer was detained on April 25 by his colleagues from the FSB Internal Security Department. In the evening of the same day, he was imprisoned by the decision of the 235th garrison military court. 

Apart from Cherkalin, two other former employees of the same department – Dmitry Frolov (Cherkalin's foreman, who was fired from the FSB on compromising grounds) and Andrey Vasilyev – were detained. The Basmanny District Court arrested them on the following day. 

Unlike Cherkalin, Frolov and Vasilyev are charged with Swindling (Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code). Their case is under active consideration of the ICR Main Investigations Directorate. As for that of Cherkalin’s, it is considered by military investigators. It is not known whether these two investigations are related.

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