Purge in Investigative Committee continues: Bastyrkin fired Chief Accountant
The dismissal is related to the "case of air-conditioners" within which several IC senior officials are under investigation.
The Chief Accountant of the Investigative Committee Denis Simakov was dismissed from office by order of the ICR Head Alexander Bastrykin. This was reported by the urban news agency Moscow with a reference to a source in law enforcement.
According to it, the reason for this decision was the fact that Simakov signed the documents on the allocation of 300 million rubles for the construction of the administrative building at the Tekhnichesky Pereulok. Earlier, within the case, the Head of the ICR capital construction Alexey Skachkov was arrested on charges of large-scale Swindling (part 4, Art. 159 of the Criminal Code) at the conclusion of contracts for the supply of air conditioners for the ICR premises. According to preliminary version, the official helped his friend, the CEO of Flagman LLC, to get this contract. In June, one more suspect got involved in the case: the Head of the ICR Capital Construction Department Alexander Shkutov. The investigation believed that it was thanks to him the contract to install air conditioners in the ICR was signed with the company Flagman LLC. Skachkov’s Department was preparing an application for the tender which is estimated at 65.9 million rubles. As it turned out, entrepreneurs have overstated their value at 25 million rubles. According to the investigators, Alexey Skachkov with his accomplices intended to assign this amount.
Earlier, the CrimeRussia wrote that the ICR carried out a major reform on the background of high-profile arrests. On the eve, all private security staff of the ICR received notices about the upcoming reduction. The decision to reform the Main Directorate for Interdepartmental Liaison and Internal Security of the ICR was made after the arrest of the heads of departments Mikhail Maksimenko and Alexander Lamonov respectively.
The reform of the agency initiated by Alexander Bastrykin was to be completed by August 10. As a result, several structural units of the ICR will be demoted to the rank of departments and divisions. For example, the General Directorate maintenance of the ICR activity has already been transformed into an administration. The structures included to it were either transferred directly under Bastrykin’s control or got the status of departments. This is also what happened to the management of capital construction which was previously headed by Alexey Skachkov.
During the arrest of businessman Valery Pshenichny, the operatives have made it clear that he won’t return home. An economic criminal case reported to the authorities by the businessman has led to his terrible death in the pretrial detention facility under circumstances raising numerous questions. Was he really electrocuted, cut with a knife, raped, his spine fractured, strangled, and killed? The Federal Penitentiary Service denies such allegations and claims that “He has done everything himself”. The CrimeRussia has performed its own inquest into the death of Valery Pshenichny.
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