Businessman who gave Colonel Zakharchenko $120m currently in Cyprus, own real estate, yachts 

Businessman who gave Colonel Zakharchenko $120m currently in Cyprus, own real estate, yachts
Dmitry Zakharchenko

The origin of a huge amount of cash, found in the apartment of Dmitry Zakharchenko's sister, has been revealed with the assistance of the US Federal Reserve System.

Employees of the Investigative Committee of Russia, in charge of Colonel Zakharchenko's case, have decided to interrogate the owner of a group of companies Russian Railways contractor Boris Usherovich and a member of the board of directors of Novoe Vremya bank Ivan Stankevich.

As reported by Rosbalt citing a source in the law enforcement bodies, the entrepreneur and the banker had been sent summons for interrogation. However, the businessmen have not reacted to the ICR summons.

According to operatives, both of them are currently in Cyprus, where each of them owns real estate and yachts (the CrimeRussia has previously reported in a series of exclusive materials on the luxurious lifestyle led by the entrepreneurs who had made themselves fortune on the contracts of Russian Railways).   

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Boris Usherovich's yacht

The agency notes that Ivan Stankevich, known as the civil husband of singer Anna Semenovich, has already obtained the citizenship of Cyprus, whereas Boris Usherovich should get it very soon. Usherovich’s application for acquiring Cypriot citizenship is under consideration.

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Boris Usherovich

The investigators believe that it was on the order of these people that four banks had granted large amounts of currency to Acting Head of the Department T of the MIA General Administration for Economic Security and Combatting the Corruption Dmitry Zakharchenko. The investigation's lead says that the $120 million and 2 million euro in cash, found during the search, were the share of Colonel Zakharchenko and his accomplices from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the FSB for the patronage of RZhD's (Russian Railways) contractor companies. 

It was the packing of the US Federal Reserve that helped to track the origin of the huge amount of cash in currency. To recall, the dollars seized from the apartment of Dmitry Zakharchenko's sister Irina Razgunova were packaged in polyethylene briquettes with codes and seals of the Federal Reserve System. Each of them contained $200 thousand. Inside, on paper strips pulling bundles of notes together, there could be seen seals of 12 American banks-members of the US Federal Reserve; in particular, a seal of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

In the autumn of 2016, the CrimeRussia reported that a request to the US Federal Reserve about the origin of the cash had been sent through the Central Bank and Rosfinmonitoring the very next day after Zakharchenko's arrest on September 9. Americans vigorously reacted to the request of the Russian government agencies, since the request stated that Zakharchenko's criminal case was connected with an organized crime group that was exporting large sums of money abroad.

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The response of the US Federal Reserve revealed that the cash currency found during the search was ordered by two Russian banks, related to a group of businessmen who controlled companies, which for a long time had received billions in contracts of Russian Railways and its subsidiaries. Banks that received cash from the US transferred it to two more banks.

According to the agency's source, those four banks were Baltika (license revoked in November 2015), Enisey (license revoked in February 2017), Novoya Vremya, and Interprogress. All of them are connected with businessman Boris Usherovich, whose companies received billions from the contracts of Russian Railways. As the Rosbalt’s source reported, Stankevich was responsible for the financial and banking areas in Usherovich’s group. According to the investigation, both gave orders to banks to issue large amounts of cash to Zakharchenko for general protection.

To recall, the CrimeRussia has previously reported on the possible involvement of Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko in embezzling Russian Railways' money two days after his arrest. In particular, it was reported that Zakharchenko was directly related to the mass theft in RZhD through the contracts of Markelov/Usherovich’s companies, protecting them from possible trouble with the law, and for a long time had provided cover to banker Ivan Stankevich for the gray schemes for cashing out funds. One of the first to testify against the colonel was banker Pyotr Chuvilin, convicted in 2015 for swindling. According to him, he had paid the colonel ‘salary’ (150 thousand euros per month) for covering up dozens of criminal schemes, the most part of which was connected with the money of Russian Railways, for 9 years.

Let us note that MIA Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko was detained during a special operation of the FSB on September 9, 2016. The search of his car, work office, and apartments, belonging to his family, at least 8.5 billion rubles ($143.9 million), mainly in foreign currency, was seized. According to the CrimeRussia’s source, FSB officers began the cultivation of Zakharchenko back in 2015 mainly in connection with the investigation of the Russian Railways’s ‘gray schemes’. His participation in other crimes was already revealed during the investigation.

In mid-September, Dmitry Zakharchenko was charged under three articles of the Russian Criminal Code, namely Art. 285 (Abuse of Official Powers), 290 (Bribe-Taking), and 294 (Obstruction of Carrying out of Justice and of Preliminary Investigations. 

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