Retired Colonel Surzhikov passes polygraph test over case of Rochdelskaya shootout
Earlier, thief in law Zakhar Kalashov and former subordinate of the Investigative Committee Internal Security Directorate Deputy Head Alexander Lamonov were tested on polygraph on charges of bribery.
Former employee of the Russian Federation MIA Evgeny Surzhikov is charged with extortion from the owner of the restaurant Elements confirmed on the polygraph that he did not know the other defendants in the case.
"On the basis of the expert finding, we can clearly conclude that Surzhikov was not familiar with the defendants in the case, and did not know about the reasons for the meeting on December 14 at the restaurant Elements", the lawyer of the retired Colonel Maria Lukyanyuk told Interfax.
Earlier in court, Surzhikov himself noted that his presence on the site of a shootout was a coincidence. The ex-policeman allegedly came to the restaurant for an interview to get a security job. A source of RIA Novosti reported that the retired Colonel did not take part in the shootout on Rochdelskaya on the side of Shakro Molodoy’s private security agency, but stood aside, ostensibly because there was familiar with the other side of the conflict: former KGB officer Eduard Budantsev. The investigation believes that Surzhikov, who is a senior officer in the security agency owned by Kalashov, was directly involved in the events of December 14, 2015.
The kingpin Zakhar Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy) and former subordinate of the Investigative Committee Internal Security Directorate Deputy Head Alexander Lamonov, whose name was not disclosed, also passed the polygraph test. However, in their case, the investigators were interested in dealing with the transfer of bribes to the senior staff of the Investigative Committee. The money, we recall, were intended for release of Andrey Kochuykov nicknamed Italian, who headed Shakro Molodoy's PSC, from custody. Kalashov’s polygraph test confirmed that he did not give money to the investigators. The test of Lamonov’s subordinate, still have not been published, but they can be important evidence. According to sources, this witness was the one who introduced Lamonov to Surzhikov. The latter, according to the investigators, at the end of December 2015, for a cash consideration, offered to resolve the issue with Italian’s imprisonment.
It is to be recalled that the story of the shootout at the restaurant, where the two men were killed resulted in prosecution of the famous kingpin Shakro Molodoy and senior ICR officers, who, according to the investigation, received bribes from the gangsters. In addition, there were suspicions that these officers often covered Kalashov. They emerged as a result of inspections of many high-profile cases, in which Head of the ICR Main Directorate of Inter-agency Cooperation and Internal Security Mikhail Maksimenko, his deputy Alexander Lamonov and First Deputy Head of the ICR Main Investigative Directorate in Moscow Denis Nikandrov had a hand.
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