MIA General Administration for Internal Security supplied Zakharchenko with intel about upcoming special operations
The Federal Security Service (FSB) has dismissed the police from investigation of the high-profile corruption case.
The FSB has rejected the help of the MIA General Administration for Internal Security (GAIS) in the investigation of the case against former Head of the Department T of the MIA General Administration for Economic Security and Combatting the Corruption (GAESCC) Dmitry Zakharchenko and his possible accomplices. Initially, MIA police officers had been helping investigators with the case, but their actions quickly lost credibility, Life reported, citing its sources. It turned out that the anti-corruption agency had been warned beforehand about all the investigative and operational activities.
However, FSB allowed the GAIS staff to be present during the search in Zakharchenko’s apartment, where 8.5 billion rubles were confiscated. There law enforcers also found documents leading directly to the colleagues of the high-profile defendant. It is possible that those colleagues not only knew about the dark deeds of the police problem solver, but were even the participants themselves.
It remains unclear what role Zakarchenko’s supervisor, the Head of the GAESCC, the General Andrey Kurnosenko, played in those schemes. The same goes for the motives of the general’s sudden business trip during the search in Zakharchenko’s apartment. Security officers will have to verify where Kurnosenko was and what he was doing on his business trip.
- It is unlikely that his trip was a coincidence, because Kurnosenko comes from the GAIS. He was probably warned by former colleagues, the source told Life.
Life also found out that on September 9, Kurnosenko tendered his resignation before Vladimir Kolokoltsev, which has not been signed yet. Referring to various law enforcement sources, media outlets report both about Kurnosenko’s imminent resignation and about a disciplinary action against the general.
It is worth noting that 15 GAESCC executives have already been questioned in Zakharchenko’s case. The Head of the FSB Department M Sergey Alpatov has taken the investigation under his personal control. He is also the one, who sanctioned the arrest of Dmitry Zakharchenko.
The Deputy Head of the GAESCC Department T Dmitry Zakharchenko was arrested on September 9 on suspicion of taking bribes on a considerable scale. Law enforcement officers found 120 million USD and 2 million EUR in his sister’s apartment, and 13 million rubles, 170 thousand USD and 5 million EUR in Zakharchenko’s car. Later, additional 300 million EUR were discovered on his father’s foreign bank accounts. Investigators believe that the money seized from the colonel's sister may be associated with the theft of 26 billion rubles from Nota-Bank. Zakharchenko is charged with abuse of power, obstruction of justice, and taking bribes. The defendant refused to plead guilty.
On October 15, the Russian branch of Amnesty International reported on the abduction of its employee Oleg Kozlovsky by unknown persons during the monitoring of protests in Magas against the agreement on borders with Chechnya.