ICR Central Board to investigate Zakharchenko’s case

ICR Central Board to investigate Zakharchenko’s case
Dmitry Zakharchenko Photo: RIA Novosti / Mikhail Voskresensky

The investigator, who initiated a case against the Interior Ministry Colonel, is attached to a new investigative team.⁠

The resonant case of Interior Ministry Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko is transferred from the Capital Department of the ICR to the Central Board. RIA Novosti reports citing informed sources in law enforcement agencies.

According to the interlocutor of the agency, the investigation team, which is trying the corruption case, is headed by the investigator for priority cases under the Chairman of the ICR General Sergey Chernyshov. However, the investigator of the Moscow MID ICR, who initiated a criminal case, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Tolstoy is attached to the new group.

Law enforcement authorities have not officially confirmed the information.

The lawyer of the accused Colonel Yuri Novikov refused to comment on the transfer of the case to the ICR Сentral Board with reference to the pledge of secrecy.

Recall that Acting Head of the MIA GUEBiPK Department T Dmitry Zakharchenko was detained by the FSB on September 9 on suspicion of taking bribes and abuse of official powers. During the searches more than 8.5 billion rubles in a different currency were found in a car in his sister Irina Razgunova’s apartment. After his arrest on suspicion of committing crimes under three articles of the Criminal Code the policeman was dismissed from the internal bodies.

The case against Zakharchenko was initiated by Moscow MID ICR investigator for priority cases Alexander Tolstoy on the day of detention, that is, on 9 September. From this it follows that the ground for the initiation of proceedings under part 6 of Article 290 of the Criminal Code and part 5 of Art. 291 of the Criminal Code was information about a bribe amounting to 7 million rubles.

"25.12.2015, 21 hours 20 minutes, near the house number 10, Malaya Bronnaya Street in Moscow, I have personally received from an unknown person a bribe in the form of cash in the amount of not less than 7 000 000 rubles, that is, on an especially large scale, for a general protection and conniving in respect of an unknown person and the persons represented by him," – an order on institution of criminal proceedings stated.

Later, investigators added charges during hearing. So, the criminal case is opened under article Bribe-Taking (Art. 290 of the Criminal Code), Abuse of Official Powers (Art.2 85 of the Criminal Code) and Obstruction of Justice (Art. 294 of the Criminal Code).

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