New episode in Zakharchenko’s case
The Moscow City Court prolonged arrest to the ex-Colonel for three months.
Former Officer-in-Charge of the Department T of the Anti-Corruption Central Board of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Dmitry Zakharchenko accused of corruption will remain in the pre-trial detention center until December 8. Such decision was made by the Moscow City Court on Wednesday, August 30, satisfying thus the petition of the investigation.
In his turn, Zakharchenko’s lawyer Aleksander Gorbatenko told journalists that a new episode of bribe-taking is investigated against his client. The lawyer did not disclose other details, referring to a non-disclosure agreement.
To recall, Dmitry Zakharchenko was detained in September of last year. At first, he was accused of official power abuse and obstruction of justice. Later he became a defendant in the case over bribe taking for 7 million rubles ($119 thousand) from former head and co-owner of Rusinzhiniring company Anatoly Pshegornitsky and $800 thousand — from restaurateur Medi Duss.
During the searches, which were carried out within the investigation, 9 billion rubles ($153.3 million) were found and withdrawn. Zakharchenko declared that he has no relation to the withdrawn money and fell a victim of provocation of intelligence agencies.
The Moscow Azeri community has been put on alert. Two businessmen running business at the Food City mall on the Kaluzhskoe Highway have been forced to pay to unidentified extortionists. Nadir Salifov aka Guli had previously asserted claims on the mall.
Former Head of Russian Post Samara office Artur Igrushkin, who had forced his employees to build a country house for him and who was dismissed due to loss of trust, is now a defendant in another criminal case.
Marina Semynina, who had been renting out non-residential premises with an area of 2.5 thousand sq. m to the trading network, is a co-defendant in the suit of the Prosecutor General's Office on the seizure of Colonel Zakharchenko's family assets in favor of the state.
In a week the police of the Penza region have lost two first executives. The Head of the regional Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) announced his forthcoming resignation. In this regard, the region began talking about the global cleansing of the bigwigs of security agencies. Now everyone is waiting to learn who is next in the queue for quitting, and what new corruption rows pertaining to security chiefs are to come to light in the short run in a relatively serene region.