Maksimenko might face new charges
The CrimeRussia has already reported on new bribery charges against Mikhail Maksimenko, who is involved is an in-house war.
The FSB charged the Head of the ICR Main Directorate of Interdepartmental Cooperation and Internal Security Mikhail Maksimenko once again. He allegedly took a bribe of 1 million rubles ($17.700), reported RIA Novosti citing unnamed sources. According to them, Maksimenko was testified against by mafia-related businessman Badri Shengelia. He allegedly passed the money in US dollars to Maksimenko and a criminal case on theft of an elite Hublot watch from the entrepreneur had to be initiated in return.
The investigators are interrogating Maksimenko's subordinates, whom he sent to St. Petersburg to carry out an inspection. According to the Fontanka, the Hublot was seized from Shengelia by law enforcers after a thieves' gathering was dispersed in November 2014. About 30 people gathered at Nevskaya Zhemchuzhina restaurant on Obukhovskoy Oborony Prospekt that day. Thief in law Malkhaz Kotua (Makho Ochamchirsky) was among them.
Badri Shengelia has been a witness in a number of criminal cases against St. Petersburg criminal boss Vladimir Barsukov (Kumarin) on raider seizures of buildings.
We should remind that the CrimeRussia has already reported on new bribery charges against Mikhail Maximenko, who is involved is an in-house war and an intention to overthrow the chief of St. Petersburg Investigative Committee, General Alexander Klaus.
The businessman confirmed that he was a suspect in the bribe-giving. Counselor Andrey Grivtsov said that he had not been notified officially that a new case against his client was to be initiated.
Earlier, Mikhail Maksimenko had been accused of taking a bribe from one of the most influential thieves in law Zakhar Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy).
Former member of the Federation Council believes that this once again points to numerous violations and falsification of evidence during the investigation of his criminal case on charges of bribe-taking in the amount of 27.5 million rubles ($457 thousand).