Maksimenko knew about conversations’ wiretapping, his deputy says
Nikolay Volkov also says that he and Maksimenko discussed the case of Shakro Molodoy with the management of the FSB Department M.
Mikhail Maksimenko, the Head of the Investigative Committee Bureau of Internal Affairs, knew that he was wiretapped, his former first deputy Nikolay Volkov says at a hearing in the Moscow City Court, RIA Novosti reports.
Volkov notes that their posts with Maksimenko "assumed" wiretapping. "We discussed with Maksimenko that we are being wired, or something like that," the former Deputy of the Colonel, who is on trial as a witness, says.
The witness also says that they had discussed the case of thief in law Zakhar Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy) with the management of the FSB Department M. They visited the management out of "reward for a number of employees." Volkov says that he talked with Deputy Head of the Department M Alexey Truhachev. "He looked at me so closely that I asked what he wanted to hear," the witness says.
Volkov also adds that the leadership of the ICR BIA of the Russian Federation does not have the authority to influence the investigation of criminal cases. "The investigator is an independent procedural person. He has his own boss, whose tasks he performs. I think no investigator would go for it," the witness explains, answering the question of defense whether Maksimenko or his deputy Alexander Lamonov could give instructions to the investigators over the Shakro’s case.
Maksimenko, Lamonov and former First Deputy Head of the Main Investigation Department of the ICR in Moscow Denis Nikandrov were arrested in the summer of 2016 on charges of abuse of authority and the receipt of $1 million bribe from thief in law for further release of his ally Andrey Kochyukov, known in the criminal world as Italyanets.
The Maksimenko’s case was separated into a separate production. Hearings on the case are held in the Moscow City Court. The Colonel is charged with the taking of two bribes on an especially large scale (part 6 of Article 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). According to the investigation, the former Head of the ICR BIA received $500.000 from businessmen Oleg Sheykhametov and $50.000 from entrepreneur Badri Shengelia. Earlier it was reported that Shengelia confirmed the fact of the transfer of a bribe to Maksimenko for "pushing the case over stolen by ICR employees wristwatches."
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