Mikhail Maksimenko searched for compromising evidence on St. Petersburg Investigative Committee Head Alexander Klaus
St. Petersburg Investigative Committee Head Klaus, according to the witness, was not satisfied with Maksimenko's activities.
Businessman Badri Shengelia, who was once called St. Petersburg's raider No 1, being a witness, told the court that Head of the Investigative Committee Bureau of Internal Affairs Mikhail Maksimenko was looking for levers of pressure on St. Petersburg Investigative Committee Head Alexander Klaus. The latter was allegedly not satisfied with Maksimenko's activities and negatively reacted to his requests.
According to Shengelia, they met with Maksimenko in 2007 and often communicated when the businessman was charged with raider seizures in St. Petersburg. And in October 2015 Shengelia gave Maksimenko a bribe of $50.000 to push the case of Hublot watches stolen by ICR officers. Maksimenko promised to initiate proceedings against the employees of the Main Administration of Criminal Search of St. Petersburg headed by Roman Polozaev. Maksimenko was looking for a lever against Klaus, Shengelia said. The criminal case threw Polozaev into the dilemma - to be convicted or testify against Klaus, Fontanka writes. The case was initiated in 2015, but subsequently the decision on its initiation was canceled.
Recall, Maksimenko is accused of receiving two bribes on an especially large scale (part 6 of Article 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). According to investigators, Maksimenko received $50.000 from Badri Shengelia and another $500.000 from businessman Oleg Sheykhametov for assistance in mitigating charges of thief in law Shakro Molodoy's ally named Italyanets.
Earlier, the management of the railway and the place of residence of its high-ranking employees were searched within the bribe case. Investigative actions against head of the railway Alexey Mironov were held in Moscow, where he was on a business trip.