Mikhail Maksimenko charged with receiving $1 million for releasing Shakro Molodoy’s henchman

Mikhail Maksimenko charged with receiving $1 million for releasing Shakro Molodoy’s henchman
Mikhail Maksimenko Photo: Andrey Nikerichev / Moskva AGN

The former head of the Internal Security Directorate of the Investigative Committee was sentenced to 13 years of the strict regime for receiving 500 thousand dollars for the same service.

Mikhail Maksimenko, the former Head of the ICR’s Internal Security Directorate, was charged with a new count of taking a bribe from associates of thief in law Zakhar Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy), Interfax reported citing a statement by a Prosecutor's Office spokesperson.

Maksimenko along with the ex-Head of the Moscow Directorate of the ICR, Alexander Drymanov, his Deputy Denis Nikandrov and another employee of the department, Alexander Kramarenko, are charged with receiving $1 million for the release of Andrey Kochuykov (Italyanets), a henchman of Shakro. The Prosecutor's Office said that the money had been transferred by businessman Dmitry Smychkovsky, who is currently on the wanted list.

Earlier it was reported that Maksimenko was charged with getting an SUV Jeep Wrangler for 1.5 million rubles from Smychkovsky in exchange for stopping the investigation against the management of one of the firms associated with the entrepreneur. The former Colonel denied this charge.

Mikhail Maksimenko was sentenced to 13 years of the strict regime and a fine of 165 million rubles for two counts of bribe-taking. According to the prosecution, in 2015 he received 50 thousand dollars from entrepreneur Badri Shengeliya, who sought a case against the police officers, who allegedly illegally seized his watch. The second count was connected with the liberation of Italyanets from the detention center. According to the prosecution, Maksimenko passed $500.000 to businessman Oleg Sheykhametov, who is a witness in the case, for facilitating the release of Shakro’s accomplice.

Senior ICR official Mikhail Maksimenko, his Deputy Alexander Lamonov and the first Deputy Head of the Moscow Directorate of the ICR, Denis Nikandrov, were detained in July 2016 on suspicion of receiving a bribe on an especially large scale. Later, Nikandrov gave testimony against his chief - the Head of the ICR’s Main Investigative Directorate for Moscow, Major-General of Justice Alexander Drymanov. Drymanov was rounded up in July 2018. Before his arrest, he retired due to superannuation.

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