Investigators inclined to believe that Zakharchenko billions are common fund money

Investigators inclined to believe that Zakharchenko billions are common fund money
Dmitry Zakharchenko said that 8.5 billion rubles is not his, but he cannot explain their origin Photo: RIA Novosti / Evgeny Odinokov

The investigating authorities still do not give official comments on the origin of 8.5 billion, found at the ex-policeman. Earlier, the version of common fund has already been mentioned.⁠

The version that the Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko had accomplices in the Ministry of Internal Affairs checks more carefully. Now, the Interior Ministry and the FSB carry out a massive internal checks of the Department T GUEBiPK MIA Acting Head's former colleagues. The investigation also checks all the policemen, who contacted with Zakharchenko on the eve of his arrest. In connection with this version it is confirmed that the money found in the apartment of the ex-policeman's sister could be a kind of common fund of corrupt colleagues.

The investigators have evidence that the group is consisted of about 15 high-ranking operatives and heads of some GUEBiPK departments.

Thus, the source of Life said that during searches at Zakharchenko there were found documents of his colleagues - information on their bank accounts, materials of criminal cases, records of financial and other documents. Earlier it was reported that in the Colonel's house official documents on the activities of the different companies and businessmen were found. Zakharchenko just could not take away secret documents held in a special register from the building of the Interior Ministry without accomplices.

In addition, the businessman Sergey Polonsky complained of extortion by the ex-Colonel's fellows from the Interior Ministry of the Russian Federation. He also said that Zakharchenko, whom was found 8.5 billion rubles during the search, "held a common fund."

"Zakharchenko is one of the instances, who has worked on economic issues and held the common fund, one of the common funds. And other came and said: "Give us 10 million and we leave off," – Polonsky said before the court hearing, on which the issue of the his arrest term extension was examined.

Dmitry Zakharchenko was arrested in September 2016. He is accused under three articles of the Russian Criminal Code, namely 285 (Abuse of Official Powers), 290 (Bribe-Taking) and 294 (Obstruction of Carrying out of Justice and of Preliminary Investigations). At the Zakharchenko sister's apartment it was found money in foreign currency amounting to almost 9 billion rubles.

Immediately after the arrest, the Head of the Main Department of Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia Andrei Kurnosenko resigned. And with regard to the Russian Interior Ministry GUEBiPK leadership the service check was initiated.

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