Investigative Committee employees who covered kingpin Shakro make plea deal
Denis Nikandrov and Alexander Lamonov, charged with bribery, made a plea deal.
First Deputy Head of the ICR Main Investigation Department Denis Nikandrov and Deputy Head of the Main Directorate for Interdepartmental Cooperation and Security Alexander Lamonov concluded pre-trial agreements with the investigation, Rosbalt reports citing sources in law enforcement agencies. They will be judged in a special order.
The investigation considers Nikandrov and Lamonov as accomplices to Head of the Main Directorate for Interdepartmental Cooperation and Security Mikhail Maksimenko, who is accused of two episodes of taking bribes (Article 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). According to investigators, Maksimenko received $500.000 from co-owner of the Yakitoria restaurants Oleg Sheykhametov for helping to release Andrey Kochuykov (Italian), the right hand of Zakhar Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy).
The materials of the case against Maksimenko will be separated. The investigation of other episodes of getting bribes continues. It is reported that on December 1 Maksimenko will be finally charged.
It is noted that at first Nikandrov and Lamonov denied their guilt. However, later Lamonov made the plea deal. Nikandrov also signed a pre-trial agreement, but the prosecution chooses the final charge to him.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).