“I’m afraid of returning to Russia.” Businessman hiding in London shares his theory on ‘Shakro Molodoy case’

“I’m afraid of returning to Russia.” Businessman hiding in London shares his theory on ‘Shakro Molodoy case’
Shakro Molodoy

Dmitry Smychkovsky who is being accused of passing a bribe from the code-bound thief to high-ranking officers of the Investigative Committee has told about his guiltlessness.

Dmitry Smychkovsky hiding in London who, according to the Federal Security Service (FSB) theory, had passed a bribe from the code-bound thief Zakhary Kalashov (aka Shakro Molodoy) to the Investigative Committee Generals, has born testimony in the presence of Elena Fedulova - a lawyer of one of the defendants in the case. According to Kommersant, he told about friendly relations between him and the Investigative Committee Generals who are now convicted or under investigation. They discussed hunting and fishing with General Drymanov, racing cars - with Denis Nikandrov, staff changes in military and security forces - with Mikhail Maksimenko, and high-profile crimes (because his view on this topic always differed from a generally accepted one) - with Aleksey Kramarenko. That said, they allegedly never discussed the investigators’ actions. Their conversations were “of a noble nature.” In his words, he cozied up to the Generals through his fellow townsman in Krasnodar region - his longtime friend Sergey Sinyagovsky, deputy head of the Central Investigation Department.

After the massacre on Moscow’s Rochdelskaya street involving Andrey Kochuikov and former KGB (Russia’s Committee for State Security) officer Eduard Budantsev, the businessman was interested in the details, not more than in another high-profile event. However, then, his two longtime friends from Krasnodar region - certain Nurdin Tuguz and Sergey going by the nickname Ventilyator whose last name he did not specify - turned to Smychkovsky. They asked him to learn more details to, in the businessman’s opinion, “demonstrate their familiarity with the situation and by doing so big up their status in the eyes of the criminal world.” Nevertheless, none of the Investigative Committee Generals shared any details having confined themselves to vague generalities like “it’s all going to be legal.”

The fact that he met Denis Nikandrov on the crossing of Ilinsky Boulevard and Novorizhskoye Highway - when, according to the investigators, Smychkovsky passed a $1 million bribe from Shakro Molodoy for Kochuykov’s release out of the remand prison - was explained as an examination of the car by the businessman. Denis Nikandrov allegedly wanted to purchase Dmitry Smychkovsky’s Porsche 91, and the latter still couldn’t sell it. However, they failed to agree on the price after the examination. It was also during this encounter when Nikandrov said that the extortion case had been handed to the police from the Investigative Committee, and he was not supervising it anymore. Right then, Smychkovsky shared this data with Ventilyator. The latter asked the businessman to send a message from his phone to an unknown number saying “The General promised to help. It’s all going to be legal.” The businessman allegedly had no idea what was meant and who the message was sent to.

In Smychkovsky’s words, he was not acquainted with the code-bound thief. He had been in discussions over usage of innovative technology on anti-corrosion protection of oil pipes, and the code-bound thief attended the talks from his partner’s side, but he always kept silence. They were not even introduced to each other.

When he left Russia, Smychkovsky alleged his son’s studies in London. That said, he’s not going to return to Russia - even with the FSB intermediaries promising their patronage. “I’m afraid of returning to Russia.” He noted and made it clear that the investigators should not count on his testimonies.

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