Homeless billionaire: Colonel Zakharchenko speaks about his ‘wanderings'

Homeless billionaire: Colonel Zakharchenko speaks about his ‘wanderings'
Dmitry Zakharchenko

The ex-employee of the anti-corruption head office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, suspected of corruption, said that he "had had to vagabond" around different apartments, since he had not had his own real estate.

Dmitry Zakharchenko, the former Head of the Department T of the Main Directorate for Economic Safety and Counteracting Corruption (GUEBiPK) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), accused of corruption, told at a hearing in the Nikulinsky court on November 20 that he had been "wandering" around different apartments, because he had had "no place to live," Interfax reported. He had a permanent registration in his mother's apartment on Michurinsky Avenue, but without having his own real estate, he "spent nights" in other apartments.

Zakharchenko also called the suit of the Prosecutor General's Office on the transfer of the property seized from him to the state in the amount of 9 billion rubles ($150 thousand) "slander." According to the Colonel, he had nothing to do with the money and property, which are referred to in the suit of the government institution. "All, absolutely all persons declared as co-defendants, testified that I had never handed over to them money to buy any real estate," Zakharchenko claimed.

The Colonel called himself "a saver," Kommersant pens. He told about this after the testimonies of the housekeepers from his father's apartment on Prechistenka were announced. It was reported that he had given his cohabitants 200 thousand rubles ($3.3 thousand) a month and more "for expenses." He accounted for such amounts by saying that he "saved" money, putting it away from his salary.

A friend of civil wife of the Colonel Anastasia Pestrikova supported the claim of the Prosecutor General's Office on the seizure of property from Zakharchenko. Liliya Gorshkova, at the request of Pestrikova, put on her bank account 16 million dollars, which she received from her. Subsequently, the money was confiscated in the context of the criminal case against the Colonel.

It also became known at the trial that Zakharchenko's phone has been wiretapped since early 2013, RIA Novosti reports. It was the Moscow garrison military court that authorized the tapping mission.

Earlier it was reported that the sister and mother of the arrested colonel had fled Russia. They tried to explain the origin of the suspect's money several times, but the prosecutor's office convicted them of lying. The father of Zakharchenko is in the detention center.

Dmitry Zakharchenko was detained in September 2016 on charges of bribe-taking worth 7 million rubles ($116.6 thousand). Later he was charged with several more episodes of bribes. In the apartment of the Colonel's sister almost 9 billion rubles ($150m) in various currencies were found, the origin of which he could not explain. At the present time, the Nikulinsky court is considering the suit of the Prosecutor General's Office on the seizure of his property in favor of the state's income. 

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