Mikhail Maksimenko to meet New Year in worst Lefortovo cell for intractability
The employees of the jail could not explain the detention of Maksimenko in a cold cell with inactive ventilation.
The former head of the Main Department for Interdepartmental Cooperation and Personal Security of the ICR, Mikhail Maksimenko, will meet the new year in the worst cell of the Lefortovo jail. In this cell, he sits alone for 3 months, members of the Public Observation Commission of Moscow found out. In the cell of a convicted high-ranking investigator there are cold, shabby walls, no hot water, bad mattress, MK reports.
The employees of the jail could not explain the detention of Maksimenko in a cold cell with inactive ventilation. The prisoners of Lefortovo concluded that those who went on a deal with the investigation are transferred to renovated comfortable cells, and the obstinate ones remain in the old cells.
“I will go to sleep on New Year's Eve at 10 pm, I will cover myself with my jacket. I asked: since it’s so cold here, to allow my family to give me a sleeping bag. Is this forbidden?” says Maksimenko.
Moscow City Court sentenced Maksimenko to 13 years in a penal colony and to a fine of 165 million rubles ($2.4 mln). In 2016, he received a bribe of $500,000 from the owner of a chain of restaurants, Oleg Sheykhametov, who was close to the thief in law Zachary Kalashov, known as Shakro Molodoy. For this money, the ICR officials promised to release from jail Andrey Kochuykov, an assistant to Kalashov, nicknamed Italyanets. In addition, Maksimenko was found guilty of accepting a bribe of $50,000 from businessman Badri Shengelia for initiating a criminal case against employees of the ICR who seized his Hublot watch. Maksimenko refused to admit his guilt. His deputy, Alexander Lamonov, pleaded guilty, concluded a pre-trial agreement with the investigation and testified against his former boss. He was sentenced to five years in a strict regime colony.
And their colleague, deputy head of the ICR Directorate for Moscow Denis Nikandrov, was sentenced to 5.5 years in a strict regime colony. He also made a deal with the investigation and gave testimony to other defendants in the case.
In his cell, by the way, there is a refrigerator that is already full of tangerines, members of the Public Observation Commission reported.
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