“Normal guys, and their career is broken.” Billionaire colonel Zakharchenko comments upon verdict for Kokorin and Mamaev

“Normal guys, and their career is broken.” Billionaire colonel Zakharchenko comments upon verdict for Kokorin and Mamaev
Dmitry Zakharchenko

Ex-employee of the anti-corruption directorate of Russia’s MIA Dmitry Zakharchenko - who is being accused of corruption - expressed hope that after release, Pavel Mamaev would play for FC Rostov he shouts for.

Ex-employee of the anti-corruption directorate of Russia’s MIA Dmitry Zakharchenko - who is being accused of taking bribes twice - has called the footballers Pavel Mamaev and Aleksander Kokorin - who are accused of hooliganism - “normal guys” whose career is now broken by court, reports Moskva agency.

“We are now in the courtroom where the footballers’ took place. Kokorin and Mamaev are normal guys, and their career is broken. They got 1.5 years for a broken tooth. I hope, Pavel Mamaev would play in Rostov. I shout for FC Rostov,” Zakharchenko told reporters before the hearings.

In May, Moscow’s Presnensky court convicted Aleksander Kokorin for 1 year and 6 months of deprivation of liberty in a common regime colony. Mamaev got 1 year and 5 months in a colony. Other 2 defendants in the case - Kokorin’s brother Kirill and a couch Aleksander Protasovitsky - got 1 year and 6 months and 1 years and 5 months, respectively. The professional athletes were found guilty of hooliganism following two fights with an official of Minpromtorg Denis Pak and a driver of a TV host of Channel One Vitaly Solovchuk in October, 2018.

Dmitry Zakharchenko is accused of receiving of two bribes (article 290 of Russia’s Criminal Code) and preventing of investigation (article 294 of Russia’s Criminal Code). The investigation theory is that the former head of ’T’ directorate of the Main Directorate for Economic Safety and Counteracting Corruption of Russia’s MIA received $800 thousand from a restaurant owner Medi Duss for protection and a 50 per cent discount card for his restaurant La Maree worth of 3.5 million rubles ($53.9 thousand). Besides that, Zakharchenko warned a former financial director of Nota-bank about the searches that were being prepared. 8.5 billion rubles ($130 million) of unknown origin were found in Zakarchenko’s apartment during the searches. Property of the colonel and his relatives worth of 9 billion rubles (roughly $140 million) were turned to the government revenues.

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