Moscow court arrests one of defendants in case of Colonel Zakharchenko in absentia
The accused, along with three accomplices, allegedly gave the ex-policeman a bribe of $ 30,8 million.
Moscow’s Basmanny District Court arrested Mikhail Usherovich, the co-owner of the 1520 group of companies, in absentia. The investigation accused Usherovich of giving a bribe of 2 billion rubles ($ 30,8 million) to Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko as part of an organized group of bribes, Interfax reports. In the near future, the court will consider petitions for the arrest in absentia of two alleged members of the corruption group – Dmitry Motorin and Ivan Stankevich.
According to the investigators, from November 2007 to August 2016, member of the board of directors of Novoye Vremya bank Ivan Stankevich, entrepreneur Dmitry Motorin, owners of the 1520 group of companies, Mikhail Usherovich and Valery Markelov, paid Zakharchenko $ 150,000 each month. Motorin, Usherovich and Stankevich are on the international wanted list.
On March 20 and 21, the court will consider petitions for the absentee arrest of Stankevich and Motorin, respectively. Dmitry Zakharchenko, the former acting head of the “T” department of the MIA’s General Administration for Economic Security and Combatting the Corruption, has been in custody since September 10, 2016.
Several new criminal cases against corrupt officials have been instituted in Dagestan. The high-ranked suspects include Abdulmedzhid Suleimanov, ex-Mayor of Izberbash; Amir Magomedov, ex-Head of the Izberbash Administration; Magomed Dzhelilov, Head of the Derbent District; and El’dar Karagishiev, Head of the Babayurt District. In the past, all of them were suspected of similar crimes – but somehow managed to get off the hook. The new arrests occur amid the anti-corruption campaign in the republican law enforcement structures. What are the true reasons behind the new wave of the personnel purge? Can the anti-corruption slogans conceal a fierce battle waged by local clans for redistribution of assets with the purpose to create a new ‘untouchable’ elite in Dagestan?