Prosecutor General’s Office seeks seizure of FSB colonel’s $5.7mn property
According to the defense, the FSB colonel had acquired the sequestered property before the alleged receipt of bribes; it was declared and confirmed by income.
Proceedings under the claim of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office for the forfeiture of the property of former FSB Colonel Dmitry Senin have begun in the Gagarinsky Court of Moscow. The colonel is a defendant in the criminal case of Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko. Colonel Senin, who left for lunch and never came back, is accused of being involved in receiving bribes with Dmitry Zakharchenko in the amount of 31 million rubles (equivalent of $800 thousand) in 2014-2016. And since Dmitry Senin disappeared after the beginning of the investigation, he is also accused of Desertion. As reported by Kommersant, a total of 8 expensive cars and parking lots, about 20 apartments in Moscow, the Moscow region, and Sochi, as well as land plots and houses in the Moscow region, worth 380 million rubles ($5.78 million) have been sequestrated as part of the criminal case. The investigation believes that all this property was registered in the name of relatives, friends, and acquaintances of the ex-FSB officer, namely his wife Olga Senina, his sister Irina Malolkina, former MIA Investigator Ivan Kozhevnikov, family driver Viktor Kluzhenkov, Sergey Kravchenko, Viktor Yagur, Galina Sulemenko, Yaroslav Belik, and Kirill Rapoport.
Of all the defendants, only Kozhevnikov has appeared before the court, saying that he had no idea how he could have assisted Dmitry Senin in acquiring the property, if he had known him only visually, having met with him at some common events.
“The Prosecution Service is making reference to testimonies of a certain representative of the Investigative Committee of Russia Andrukyan who had allegedly seen Senin in my office when I had been serving. But that’s impossible, as my office’s door had a return mechanism and it always closed!”
Lawyers stated the investigator Andrukyan had allegedly had prior records himself; he could have badmouthed the security chiefs. Kozhevnikov told that when he left office in 2010, he became a real estate agent and after that purchased a share in a company where Olga Senina had hers, as well. “Her workers renovated apartments I subsequently purchased for sale. I settled all transactions with Olga Senina precisely through a bank which is being confirmed by documents my lawyer possesses,” the defendant stated.
Lawyers did not agree with the Prosecutor-General’s Office demands and insisted on Colonel Senin’s reports on his family’s earnings, as well as conclusion reports by the Internal Affairs Department of Russia’s Federal Security Service be attached to the case. Most of the property the Prosecution Service is going to seize from Dmitry Senin and his relatives had earlier been declared, and there had been no issues with that. Lawyers said that from 2012 to 2015, Dmitry Senin declared six cars he had bought on credit and then exchanged with the trade-in system. In addition, lawyers stated the declared apartment of the former spouses had been purchased in 2010, which is prior to the alleged bribe taking by the Colonel. With that, Olga Senina ran her business, and her aggregate income in 2014-2016 was about 30 million rubles ($456 thousand). Moreover, lawyers assured the court that they could document the fact that the property of Dmitry Senin’s relatives who had not appear before court had also been declared in due time. They asked to attach the relevant papers to the case.
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