MIA checking all guests at Colonel Zakharchenko’s birthday party
The investigators of the FSB and the MIA are interested in everyone who had contacts with the former policeman on the eve of his arrest.
The MIA and the FSB carried out mass agency checks of the former colleagues of the MIA General Administration for Economic Security and Combatting Corruption Department T Acting Head Dmitry Zakharchenko. According to their results, both personnel and procedural decisions will be taken.
The circle of screened officers of the MIA is not limited to the department, which was headed by the Colonel. Rosbalt reports that the investigation examines everyone, who contacted Zakharchenko on business and personally.
In particular, the check relate to all members of the MIA, who were present at the event on Zakharchenko’s birthday, which took place August 26, shortly before his arrest.
The investigation also checks all police officers, with whom the Acting Head of the Department T contacted by telephone on the eve of his arrest.
Rosbalt notes that the investigators do not deny the fact that they are looking for possible accomplices of Zakharchenko, who is the accused under three articles of the Criminal Code.
First of all, the Colonel is suspected of patronage of massive shadow schemes in the energy sector, against embezzlement and corruption, in which fought the MIA Department headed by the Colonel of the General Administration for Economic Security and Combatting Corruption.
In addition, the main version of the investigation regarding the origin of 8.5 billion rubles seized in the apartment of Zakharchenko’s stepsister is that Zakharchenko participated in the withdrawal of 26 billion rubles from accounts of Nota-Bank. The loss of this amount of money was found with the introduction of the temporary administration of the Central Bank in October 2015.
Zakharchenko’s involvement in the protection racket of other banking scams and withdrawal of the Russian Railways’ money through a network of offshore companies was confirmed in testimony of the banker Petr Chuvilin, who was convicted for fraud. Chuvilin, as he says, has used Zakharchenko’s protection services for several years.
Another important source of income for the Colonel, according to the investigation, were connections with persons involved in high-profile criminal cases, to whom he passed important information for a large monetary reward. In particular, Zakharchenko helped the person of interest in a case of a shootout on Rochdelskaya Street in Moscow, Fatima Misikova and the former Head of VimpelCom Mikhail Slobodin, who was accused of bribery to the company Renova in the Komi Republic, to abscond.
As the CrimeRussia previously reported, from mid-September, a thorough check of all the criminal cases, on which the Colonel and his Department were working, are being inspected. In the buildings of the MIA on Zhitnaya and Novoryazanskaya Streets, the seizure of official documents which may be associated with Zakharchenko’s business, was carried out.
On September 13, the Minister of Internal Affairs Vladimir Kolokoltsev initiated agency check of management of the General Administration for Economic Security and Combatting Corruption.
It is carried out by dozens of the MIA Internal Security Directorate, the FSB and the ICR employees. Regarding the General Administration, the MIA said that the agency was discredited by series of high-profile corruption scandals and can be disbanded.
For several days now, the minds of the public in St. Petersburg are occupied with one piece of news – Lieutenant-General Umnov, head of the Main Directorate of the MIA for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, leaves his post and sets off for a promotion to Moscow. Sergey Umnov is allegedly designated for the position of deputy minister of the MIA Vladimir Kolokoltsev. However, on the sidelines of the ministry they expect not a promotion for the Petersburg general, but an honorable resignation with the consequent loss of political weight.