Nikandrov’s defense is about to apply for his release on parole

Nikandrov’s defense is about to apply for his release on parole
Denis Nikandrov

The lawyers insist that the convict has fulfilled all terms of a plea deal.

The defense of First Deputy Head of the ICR Main Investigations Directorate in Moscow Denis Nikandrov, who was sentenced to 5.5 years for bribery, is preparing to apply for parole. This is reported by TASS referring to the former silovik’s lawyer, Pavel Chernyak.

According to him, the documents are being prepared. It is planned to file them in late February.

“Nikandrov is currently in a Moscow pre-trial detention center; I hope he won’t be sent to a colony, and the petition will be considered in Moscow,” the lawyer said, stressing that his client has fulfilled all terms of a plea deal.

Chernyak noted that one should not believe the latest media reports about changes in Nikandrov's position on the case; his client continues to hold the same views.

“I would also like to note that the FSB investigative bodies have nothing to do with our application for parole. It is filed according to the applicable laws,” the lawyer added.

To recall, Nikandrov is a defendant in the corruption case together with ex-Head of the ICR Internal Security Directorate Mikhail Maksimenko and his deputy Alexander Lamonov. They were detained in July 2016 on charges of Bribe-Taking on an Especially Large Scale ($500 thousand) from the representatives of vor Zakhary Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy).

The court sentenced Maksimenko to 13 years in a strict regime colony and a fine of 165 million rubles ($2.48 million). Lamonov was sentenced to five years in prison and a fine of 32 million rubles ($482,080) (later, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation exempted him from the fine). In addition, the Supreme Court mitigated the sentence for Nikandrov, changing the category of crime from a particularly grave to grave. All three convicts were stripped of their special titles.

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