Moscow City Court refuses to recognize Nikandrov’s case illegal
The Appeal Court found no grounds for considering the complaint filed by the defense at the presidium meeting.
The Moscow City Court dismissed the appeal filed by attorneys of ICR General Denis Nikandrov, who challenged the legitimacy of criminal proceedings initiated against him by the FSB, Business FM reported with reference to the press service of the court.
"Having studied the materials of the case, the judge of the Moscow City Court cassation board Olga Sviridenko found no grounds for its submission to the presidium. The complaint of Nikandrov’s lawyers was rejected," the spokesperson said.
Three senior ICR officers, including the now former Head of the ICR Main Investigative Department in Moscow Denis Nikandrov, stand accused of taking bribes in the amount of 500 thousand euros from the kingpin Shakro Molodoy. The criminal case against them was initiated in July 2016. The defense believes the FSB had no right to initiate, let alone investigate the case. Lawyers insist that the ICR was supposed to do this instead.
Nikandrov’s lawyers, Alexey Mezentsev and Sergey Kapustin, appealed against the legitimacy of criminal proceedings in court. On August 3, the Lefortovo Court of Moscow stated that the proceedings were legal. On August 25, the Moscow City Court upheld the decision, and it entered into force. However, Nikandrov’s advocates disagreed and filed an appeal to the Moscow City Court in the exercise of supervisory power.
On November 17, the Moscow City Court initiated the appeal. Judge Olga Sviridenko decided to reclaim materials from the Lefortovo Court of Moscow.
Denis Nikandrov, as well as Head of the ICR Internal Security Department Mikhail Maksimenko and his deputy Alexander Lamonov, were arrested on July 19. ICR officers were suspected of Bribe-Taking (part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code) in the amount of 500 thousand euros from the representatives of the kingpin Zakhar Kalashov, nicknamed Shakro Molodoy. According to media reports, for a handsome reward took, the officers agreed to requalify the case and release Kalshov’s right hand, Andrey Kochuykov nicknamed Italian, and his associate Eduard Romanov from custody.
The defendants themselves refused to plead guilty. Denis Nikandrov insists that the criminal case is the result of a conflict between certain representatives of the FSB Department M and ICR Internal Security Department.
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.