Mikhail Maksimenko suspected of 5 more bribe-taking episodes

Mikhail Maksimenko suspected of 5 more bribe-taking episodes
Mikhail Maksimenko

The FSB believes that the bribe-givers, who 'thanked' the head of the ICR Main Directorate of Interdepartmental Cooperation and Personal Security, include State Duma Deputy Andrey Skoch and former Advisor to the Chairman of the Supreme Court Igor Borisenko.

The FSB believes that the bribe-givers, who 'thanked' the head of the ICR Main Directorate of Interdepartmental Cooperation and Personal Security, include State Duma Deputy Andrey Skoch and former Advisor to the Chairman of the Supreme Court Igor Borisenko.

FSB investigators are looking into new episodes of bribery by former Head of the ICR Directorate of Interdepartmental Cooperation and Personal Security Mikhail Maksimenko, Rosbalt reports.

Mikhail Maksimenko is currently charged with three bribe-taking episodes, however, the investigation possesses operational information about at least five more similar cases.

Nevertheless, according to Rosbalt's sources, the persons, who have allegedly gave money to Maksimenko, are not cooperative. In particular, the FBS believes that billionaire Andrey Skoch and former Advisor to the Chairman of the Supreme Court Igor Borisenko could have given bribes to Maksimenko at different times. Skoch and Borisenko have been repeatedly summoned for questioning, but both of them are currently abroad (Borisenko is in Dubai, and Andrey Skoch is in London).

At the same time, the publication notes that contrary to the previously spread information that the investigation had taken interest in Skoch and Borisenko due to their possible involvement in the transfer of a bribe from thief in law Shakro Molodoy to the high-ranking ICR officers, this is not true. Andrey Skoch had actually met the crime lord Andrey Kochuykov aka Italyanets, but the investigation's questions for him are related to a service rendered by Maksimenko to a construction company for gratitude in cash. The FSB's interest in Borisenko is connected with several strange decisions of the law enforcement officers of the Southern Federal District in relation to representatives of the criminal world and the businessmen linked with them. According to Rosbalt, the investigation has reason to believe that the illegal actions of law enforcement agencies were preceded by the transfer of money to Mikhail Maksimenko from Borisenko.

To recall, the lawyer of Mikhail Maksimenko (who is currently in a pre-trial detention center) has previously stated that his client had refused to testify taking advantage of the constitutional right not to testify against himself. This is due to recent reports by several media outlets that the defendant in the same criminal case, General Denis Nikandrov, is negotiating a plea deal with the investigation and has already begun to give evidence. In this connection, searches have been allegedly conducted at General Drymanov, Head of the ICR Main Investigations Directorate, who is now also a defendant in the case.

Soon, Drymanov himself made a public refutation of this information. The defense of Nikandrov takes the same position, noting that one needs to plead guilty to cope a plea deal, whereas Nikandrov and his alleged accomplices do not admit their guilt. Although, Mikhail Maksimenko's lawyer later allowed the possibility of Nikandrov's cooperation with the investigation bypassing lawyers.

To recall, Head of the ICR Main Directorate of Interdepartmental Cooperation and Personal Security Mikhail Maksimenko, his deputy Aleksandr Lamonov, and First Deputy Head of the ICR Main Investigations Directorate in Moscow, Major-General Denis Nikandrov, were arrested on July 19, 2016 over the acceptance of a bribe from thief in law Zakhary Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy). According to the investigation, the thief's henchmen intended to mitigate the charge of Shakro Molodoy's underboss, Andrey Kochuykov (aka Italyanets), who had been detained following the shootout outside the Elements restaurant on Rochdelskaya Street in Moscow in December 2015.

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