Most Russians consider Zakharchenko’s case as demonstrative action rather than fight against corruption
The majority of respondents believe that seized from the former Interior Ministry Colonel money gained with thefts and bribes.
The case of the former Acting Head of the Department T GUEBiPK Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko has caused massive public outcry. 77% of respondents heard about it, most of whom consider charges as reasonable. Only 1% of respondents express the view that the Colonel’s seized money was earned through forgery or honeypot. This conclusion follows from the results of opinion poll conducted by the Russia Public Opinion Research Center on 1-2 October 2016 among 1,600 respondents.
59% say that he earned found during searches money through thefts and bribery, and 13% regard it as the profit from shadow business, 4% of respondents tend to the version of the seized cash origin as a revenue from frauds with banks.
More interest to the Zakharchenko's case men (82%) and the elderly (86%) show.
The majority of the respondents believe that the criminal case against Dmitry Zakharchenko is a shining example of the corruption problem in the police environment in general (63%) and only 30% believe that this is an isolated case.
Dmitry Zakharchenko’s case is also one of the most recalled by Russians of recent high-profile cases involving corruption. 21% call his name first. Apart from Zakharchenko, familiar to Russians are the former employee of the Ministry of Defense Evgenia Vasilyeva (12%), the former Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov (11%), as well as the Sakhalin ex-Governors, the Kirov Region and the Komi Republic Alexander Horoshavin (10%), Nikita Belykh (6% ) and Vyacheslav Gaizer (2%).
Most people in Russia do not consider high-profile corruption cases as demonstration of authorities bribery control. 57% of Russians consider them as demonstrative actions, the opposite view is held by only 33%.
Recall that the former Acting Head of the Department T GUEBiPK of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia Dmitry Zakharchenko was detained by FSB officers on September 9th. During searches in his office, the car and the apartment of his sister there was found and seized cash, mostly in foreign currency, in the amount of more than 8.5 billion rubles. Dmitry Zakharchenko was charged with Abuse of Official Powers (Art. 285 of the Criminal Code), large-scale Bribe-Taking (Art. 290) and Obstruction of Justice and Preliminary Investigation (Art. 294). He is currently in custody in the detention center Lefortovo.
Recently, the FSB officers visited the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Primorsky District of St. Petersburg. The operatives of the Department M came to the police officers accompanied by the investigator and the search warrant. They were looking for evidence on the fact of falsification of a criminal case. However, a similar situation for the Primorsky Regional Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs is more likely to be a regular show: the staff of the administration and its superiors have appeared in high-profile criminal cases as defendants far too often.