Siloviki and businessmen’s OCC appears in Colonel Zakharchenko case

Siloviki and businessmen’s OCC appears in Colonel Zakharchenko case
Dmitry Zakharchenko

The investigation believes that apart from Dmitry Zakharchenko, the members of the OCC included a whole group of high-ranking MIA and FSB officers, businessmen, and state corporation representatives.

The ICR has initiated a case of Creation of an Organized Crime Community (Art. 210 of the Russian Criminal Code) based on the materials of investigation in respect of former MIA General Administration for Economic Security and Combatting the Corruption (GUEBiPK) officer, Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko. This is reported by Rosbalt referring to sources in law enforcement bodies. According to the agency, the ICR suspects that apart from Zakharchenko, the members of the OCC were high-ranking MIA and FSB officers, businessmen, and state corporation representatives. 

According to Rosbalt’s source, investigators believe that the main interest of the alleged OCC was the withdrawal from Russia of money received under contracts with Russian Railways. The co-owners of the group of companies 1520, Valery Markelov and Boris Usherovich, were previously charged with giving multibillion bribes to Zakharchenko. The group of companies was a recipient of hundreds of billions of rubles from government contracts from Russian Railways for a long time. According to the investigation, Zakharchenko provided businessmen, who were engaged in the withdrawal of funds from the Russian Federation, with security through law enforcement bodies. Markelov has been arrested, and Usherovich is hiding. It is reported that he is seeking political asylum in the UK. 

The agency’s source said that during the investigation, a large banking ‘platform’ was exposed, through which huge amounts of money were withdrawn from Russia. Banks controlled by Markelov and Usherovich, as well as their partners Dmitry Motorin and Ivan Stankevich, were involved in the platform’s activity. The funds were withdrawn to USA, UK, Switzerland, Spain and Cyprus, Rosbalt’s source said. 

According to the source, the investigation believes that former and current security officials of various levels were involved in withdrawing funds from Russia in addition to Zakharchenko and former FSB officer Dmitry Senin, who is also a defendant in the colonel’s case. The source noted that if their involvement in the OCC is proven, we can expect detentions and resignations “at an extremely high level.” 

It is noted that the evidence base of the ICR is based on the materials provided by banker German Gorbuntsov and his lawyer Vadim Vedenin. In particular, they handed over to investigators a laptop with the database of “shadow” banking operations with Russian Railways funds and information about the real beneficiaries of these funds, as well as “shadow accounting” for paying bribes to Zakharchenko and other security officials. In the past, Gorbuntsov was a business partner of Markelov and Usherovich; Vadim Vedenin collected information about them for more than nine years. The laptop and the testimony of the banker and lawyer were attached to the case of Zakharchenko. This information in many ways became the basis for charges against Markelov and Usherovich. 

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