September issue of Politsiya Rossii withdrawn due to interview with Colonel Zakharchenko

September issue of Politsiya Rossii withdrawn due to interview with Colonel Zakharchenko

September issue of the main departmental magazine Politsiya Rossii, which came out on September 15, 2016, had an extended interview with the Acting Head of the Department T at the MIA General Administration for Economic Security and Combatting the Corruption Dmitry Zakharchenko, who had by then been detained in a pre-trial detention center for a week in connection with the charges brought against him under three articles of the Russian Criminal Code, Kommersant says.

In the interview, Dmitry Zakharchenko told about his department combatting crimes in the fuel and energy complex. 

In particular, the Colonel argued that "energy and mining industry have become the economic foundation of the State, and the criminalization of these industries is one of the major threats to the economic and political security of Russia."

According to Zakharchenko, countering the criminalization of these industries is one of the most important areas of his department's work.

Most likely that the interview with Zakharchenko for the monthly magazine of the Russian police had been prepared several weeks before his arrest and passed for press at least a few days before the special operation of the FSB and ICR, as a result of which 8.5 billion rubles have been seized from the apartment of Zakharchenko's sister.

Meanwhile, after the latest issue containing the interview with the arrested Colonel hit the MIA heads' desk on September 15, a scandal broke, the news agency informs.

First thing, corrections had been introduced in the title's website by deleting photo and surname of the person interviewed; the article itself has been removed after a while.

At the same time, its paper version with a circulation of 16 thousand copies has been withdrawn in the police departments where the magazine is distributed.

Kommersant notes that the Ministry of Internal Affairs has explained the blunder by technical nature and failure to timely withdraw the interview.

It is worth noting that the safety of the fuel and energy complex is still the main theme of the September issue on the title's website.

However, it is not the Colonel Zakharchenko, who told about countering crimes in this area, but the Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Energy Pavel Zavalny, the Head of the Fuel and Energy Complex Security Department of the MIA Main Directorate of Extradepartmental Protection Major Anton Linev, the Deputy Director of Akademiya Informatsionnykh Sistem (Information Systems Academy) Igor Eliseev, and the Deputy Head of the MIA Administration for the Surgut region, the Lieutenant Colonel Andrey Bukhryakov.

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