Nikandrov’s lawyers accuse FSB of bulldozing him and claim judges are biased
Staff of the Department M of the FSB allegedly told the General that they have influence over the whole Lefortovo Court of Moscow.
Lawyers of the first Deputy Head of the Main Investigation Department of the Russian Investigatove Committee in Moscow Denis Nikandrov challenged the entire judicial assembly of the Lefortovo Court of Moscow. According to the general, the staff of the FSB Department M hinted that "they control the whole Lefortovo Court and they decide everything." The defense of the accused questions the impartiality of this court and asks to transfer the case to another court. They claim that the Chief of the FSB Investigation Department wrote a letter in which he asked the chairman of the Lefortovo Court to hold a closed session and choose a preventive measure for Nikandrov and others defendants.
Meanwhile, the court found no grounds to satisfy the motion and refused to accept disqualification, the Vzglyad newspaper reported.
The first Deputy Head of the ICR Main Investigative Department in Moscow Denis Nikandrov was arrested on suspicion of taking bribes from the kingpin Zakhar Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy) for the release of his colleague Andrey Kochuykov (the Italian) from prison. Following these events, law enforces also detained the Head of the ICR Main Directorate of Interagency Cooperation and Internal Security Mikhail Maksimenko, his Deputy Alexander Lamonov, and both kingpins. Shakro Molodoy and his accomplices have been charged with creating an organized crime group. Senior investigators are suspected of taking bribes and providing regular protection for criminals, coupled with unjustified closure of high-profile criminal cases.The ICR has initiated personnel and structural changes.
For several days now, the minds of the public in St. Petersburg are occupied with one piece of news – Lieutenant-General Umnov, head of the Main Directorate of the MIA for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, leaves his post and sets off for a promotion to Moscow. Sergey Umnov is allegedly designated for the position of deputy minister of the MIA Vladimir Kolokoltsev. However, on the sidelines of the ministry they expect not a promotion for the Petersburg general, but an honorable resignation with the consequent loss of political weight.