Investigation asked to extend arrest of Moscow ICR ex-Head Drymanov until mid-March 2019

Investigation asked to extend arrest of Moscow ICR ex-Head Drymanov until mid-March 2019
Alexander Drymanov Photo: Pyotr Kassin / Kommersant

If the Moscow Lefortovsky Court grants the petition, the term of the General’s custody will be eight months.

December 11, the Lefortovsky Court of Moscow will consider a petition of the investigation on extending the arrest of the former Head of the Moscow Central Office of the Investigative Committee of Russia, Major General Alexander Drymanov, accused of corruption, for three months, until mid-March 2019, Interfax reports.

According to the press secretary of the court, Yekaterina Krasnova, if the court satisfies the petition of the investigation, Drymanov will remain in custody until March 16, and the total term of his arrest will be eight months.

Consideration of the materials is scheduled for 16:30. The hearing is expected to be held in camera since part of Drymanov’s case is classified.

Alexander Drymanov was arrested in July on charges of two counts of Bribe-Taking on a large and especially large scale (item (c), part 5 of Art. 290 and part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code). The investigation believes that the Major General received 200 thousand dollars for mitigating the charge against the henchman of thief in law Zakhariy Kalashov, (Shakro Molodoy) Andrey Kochuykov (Italianets), and his release from the detention center. Kochuykov was rounded up after a shooting near Elements restaurant in Rochdelskaya Street in Moscow in December 2015.

Denis Nikandrov, the former First Deputy of Drymanov, who was arrested in 2016 in a case of a bribe to mitigate the charge against Kochuykov, informed FSB investigators that in 2016 he handed over 9,850 euros to the General for facilitating his appointment and “general patronage.”

Drymanov himself declared that he did not admit guilt and was “ready for a procedural battle.”

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