"Hit the bricks": Mikhail Maksimenko refuses to testify before FSB investigation
Lawyer of ICR General Denis Nikandrov (currently in a pre-trial detention center) categorically refutes the information on his client coping a deal with the investigation. Another defendant in the case of bribe-taking from thief in law Shakro Molodoy by high-ranking ICR officials has even refused to testify.
One of the suspects of taking a bribe from thief in law Zakhary Kalashov, Head of the ICR Main Directorate of Interdepartmental Cooperation and Personal Security Mikhail Maksimenko has decided to cease giving evidence and communicating with the FSB investigators.
As reported by BusinessFM citing Maksimenko's lawyer Aleksandr Vershinin, his client has made the decision in connection with the dissemination of information about the searches at Head of the ICR Main Investigations Directorate in Moscow Aleksandr Drymanov and the latter becoming a suspect in the case. Early reports indicate that it happenned after the testimony of Drymanov's first deputy, Denis Nikandrov, as part of his plea deal with the investigation, although Drymanov has categorically denied these rumors.
Lawyer Vershinin believes that the 'leaks' that appeared in the media only confirm the "frame-up nature of the case, which is actually a confrontation between the two security agencies – the FSB and the ICR."
"In connection with these publications in respect of Drymanov and all other things, we have made the following decision – we will not give any more evidence. On Monday, we'll take advantage of Article 51 of the Constitution (which gives the right not to incriminate oneself and one's close relatives – BusinessFM's note), and tell them to hit the bricks, so to say. This whole thing already turns into some kind of political show against the Investigative Committee and its leadership. And we won't be a part of it." the lawyer said.
According to the lawyer, Maksimenko intends to prove his innocence in court, because he realized that he would not get justice through the investigation. Moreover, the maximum period of detention (a year and a half) of Nikandrov, Maksimenko, and Lamonov runs out in December. After that, the FSB will be forced to announce the end of the investigation and introduce the defendants to the case materials, and then refer it to the court.
It is noteworthy that shortly after it was reported that the accused General Nikandrov had allegedly began negotiations on coping a deal with the investigation, Nikandrov's defense also came up with a refutation. Denis Nikandrov's lawyer Aleksey Mezentsev told Business FM that his client has not coped any deal, nor he planned to. His defense has no information about Nikandrov's testimony. According to Mezentsev, Denis Nikandrov has yet to plead guilty, which is an obligatory condition for coping a deal with the investigation.
To recall, First Deputy of the ICR head in Moscow, Major-General Denis Nikandrov, Head of the ICR Main Directorate of Interdepartmental Cooperation and Personal Security Mikhail Maksimenko, and his deputy Aleksandr Lamonov were arrested on July 19, 2016 over acceptance of a bribe from thief in law Zakhary Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy). The defendants categorically deny their guilt.