New FSB and MIA defendants in Colonel Zakharcheko's case  

New FSB and MIA defendants in Colonel Zakharcheko's case
Zakharchenko's case may become the largest anti-corruption investigation in recent years

Operatives are working on more than a dozen officers of the FSB and the MIA, who may be concerned in the shadow activities of the former Head of the GUEBiPK Department T.

The law enforcement officers dealing with the case of Dmitry Zakharchenko, the ex-Head of the Department T of the GUEBiPK of the MIA, are currently working on a large group of former and current employees of the MIA and the FSB.

Rosbalt reports that the investigation has many questions to more than 10 former and current employees of these security agencies associated with Colonel Zakharchenko, suspected of three articles of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. At the present time, the names of at least three of them are already known: Alexander Parfenov, the ex-adviser to the head of the GUEBiPK of the MIA, Major-General Alexey Laushkin, former head of Rosgvardia Moscow Region department, and Colonel Dmitry Senin, the former employee of the FSB organizational and inspectorate department.

The hearing of Moscow City Court on May 17 at the request of the defense to lift the arrest of $16 million on the accounts of a third person in Zakharchenko's case saw the lawyers of the former colonel mentioning Laushkin and Senin as suspected of mediating the transfer of a bribe worth $800.000 to Zakharchenko from restaurateur Mekhdi Duss.

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Major-General Alexey Laushkin

Earlier it became known that Dmitry Senin, Zakharchenko's relative, was put in the federal wanted list for desertion a week ago. In summer 2016 Alexey Laushkin was removed from office and dismissed from the ranks of the MIA. At present their location is not known exactly, but, according to the source of The CrimeRussia, both suspects fled abroad. Alexey Laushkin, in particular, may be in Georgia, as his wife has Georgian citizenship. Alexander Parfenov is also unavailable, Rosbalt notes. The interlocutor of the agency does not exclude that Denis Sugrobov, the former chief of the anti-corruption central office, who was sentenced to 22 years for creating a criminal community, can also be questioned by investigators in Zakharchenko’s case.

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Former Lieutenant General of the MIA Denis Sugrobov

It should be noted that the investigators of the case of Colonel Zakharchenko are interested in his immediate circle, as well as patrons from the FSB and the MIA central office since the fall of 2016. The investigation team in Zakharchenko’s case may also have questions to colonel Sergey Gribanov, dismissed in March from the FSB, who oversaw the interaction between the Bureau of Internal Affairs of the FSB and the MIA Main Directorate of Internal Security. Earlier it was reported that Rostovites Gribanov, Senin and Evgeny Lobanovm the curator of the GUEBiPK M department, provided support to Zakharchenko, also from Rostov-on-Don, in career advancement.

An official check in the MIA GUEBiPK where Zakharchenko served, appointed in September 2016 by Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, became the repercussion of the scandal with 8.5 billion rubles ($148.8m, mainly in currency) found in the apartment of the colonel’s sister. It resulted in Zakharchenko’s boss Alexander Tishchenko, the head of the T department, losing his post. Disciplinary sanctions "for failure to take due measures to strengthen the official discipline and legitimacy in the entrusted unit" were imposed on Major General Andrey Kurnosenko, the head of the GUEBiPK, Vladimir Abmetko, the head of the conspiracy, cadres and civil service department of the GUEBiPK, and Oleg Kalinkin, the Head of the Transport Department of the MIA of the Russian Federation in the Central Administrative District.

November witnessed the dismissal of Dmitriy Katkov, the head of the F Department of the GUEBiPK, for concealing information about his foreign real estate. The culmination of sweeping purge among Zakharchenko's colleagues in January 2017 was the dissolution of the anti-corruption central office of the Department T formerly headed by him, which dealt with crimes in the fuel and energy complex, in the course of the reorganization.

The former Interim Head of the Department T was detained on September 9, 2016. The Colonel is accused of Abuse of Official Powers (Art. 285 of the Criminal Code), Bribe-Taking on an especially large scale (Art. 290) and Obstruction of Carrying Out of Justice and Preliminary Investigations (Art. 294). Dmitry Zakharchenko does not admit his guilt.

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