Nikandrov remains in jail, claims to be tortured

Nikandrov remains in jail, claims to be tortured
Denis Nikandrov

The court refused to change the pre-trial measure against the former high-ranking member of the Investigative Committee.The court refused to change the pre-trial measure against the former high-ranking member of the Investigative Committee.

The Moscow City Court decided to leave the former First Deputy Head of the ICR Main Investigative Department in Moscow, Major General Denis Nikandrov and ex-Head of the ICR Internal Security Department Mikhail Maksimenko, under arrest following their appeal to replace this preventive measure with any other unassociated with imprisonment. According to Kommersant, senior officers accused of bribery complained about poor conditions, which affected their health. Nikandrov’s lawyers argue that there is no reason to fear their client will flee, exert pressure on witnesses, or impede the investigation. They also call the charges of Bribe-Taking bribes on an especially scale (part 6, Art. 290 of the Criminal Code) groundless. Nikandrov believes law enforcers are not interested in the investigation, since he has been interrogated only three times during six months he spent in custody. His former colleague, who is also in custody, Mikhail Maksimenko, claims investigators have paid him even less attention.

Nikandrov says he cannot call his treatment in prison anything but "torture," pointing to the fact that when his request against the extension of the detention was being considered, the court refuted his health complaints. He said that on the night before the hearing, the administration of the detention center deliberately prevented him from sleeping and organized the transfer of his cellmate, which ended only in the morning. At 6 a.m. he was already woken up to prepare for the trial. For 12 hours he remained in a narrow room without food or water.

Nikandrov also complained that his eyesight kept getting worse — for the duration of his stay in jail, his sight on the left eye deteriorated at 10% and on the right eye — at 40%. The former General wears glasses with -10 diopters in both eyes. "If it goes on like that, I will go blind by the time I need to familiarize with the case!" Nikandrov said, outraged.

According to those present at the hearing, Maksimenko also looks very tired and depressed and often asks the judge and the lawyer to repeat questions. His defense also emphasizes the violation of his rights when considering the extension of the arrest. The day before the hearing, Maksimenko was put in the Serbsky Central Research Institute for Forensic Psychiatry (under investigation, Maksimenko started showing signs of two concussions received during military service). Lawyers insist that consideration of the case without his participation can serve as a good reason to cancel the decision of the court.

On December 16, 2016, the Lefortovo District Court extended the imprisonment term for Nikandrov for three months. A little earlier, on December 14, the court made the same decision with Maksimenko. According to the Federal Security Service (FSB), ICR officials were to help release from prison an associate of the notorious kingpin Zakhar Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy), an individual called Iltalianets (Andrey Kochuykov), for an impressive money reward. Italianets was detained after a shootout at the Elements restaurant on Rochdelskaya Street.

Curiously, the third party to the case, namely Deputy Gead of the ICR Internal Security Department Aleksander Lamonov, chose not to appeal to the Moscow City Court. As Lamonov’s lawyer Olga Lukmanova told Kommersant, they failed to lodge a complaint within three days. However, she categorically denies the assumption that her client might be cooperating with the investigation.

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