Some high-ranking security officials may be arrested in Zakharchenko's case
According to sources, arrests can take place at the end of the summer.
Detentions of former and current high-ranking security officials may take place in the case of Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko, a former employee of the GUEBiPK of the Interior Ministry, in late summer, Rosbalt reports, citing a law enforcement source. According to the source, investigators are currently checking information according to which a number of businesspeople paid millions of dollars to law enforcement officials every month in exchange for the opportunity to withdraw amounts received from state corporations.
According to the agency's interlocutor, the investigation was as follows: after finding $120 million in Zakharchenko’s apartment, packaged in US Fed briquettes (with codes and stamps), a question was sent to the American authorities through the Central Bank, from the answer to which it became known that these funds had been ordered by several Russian banks. Studying the activities of the institutions listed in the response, the security forces found that the banks are closely connected with the owners of 1520 Group of Companies, Valery Markelov and Boris Usherovich, as well as their business partners Ivan Stankevich and Dmitry Motorin. The enterprises of Usherovich and Markelov are the largest recipients of funds under contracts from Russian Railways.
Further investigation revealed that through these channels much more money was being withdrawn from Russia than came into the country. It was about billions of dollars, the source said. According to him, the amount of money sent abroad was so huge that it was necessary to use large shadow businessmen, including Sergey Mastyugin, convicted for 8 years in 2017, Sergey Magin, sentenced to 8.5 years in prison in 2016, and others. In addition, the money was withdrawn through the banks of financiers Vladimir Antonov and Pyotr Chuvilin.
Law enforcers also received information that for more than ten years hefty sums from state corporations were being withdrawn from the Russian Federation thanks to huge bribes that were given to security officials.
Testimonies related to ties to representatives of the law enforcement block are reported to have been given by Pyotr Chuvilin, Vladimir Antonov, as well as a banker German Gorbuntsov who lives in London and his lawyer Vadim Vedenin. Gorbuntsov had known Markelov, Usherovich, Zakharchenko and other law enforcers who took bribes. Over the years, the banker - along with Vedenin - gathered documents on financial operations of this group; in particular, about accounts where money go to, and paries who receive money in cash in Russia. On the ground of the testimonies by Gorbuntsov and Vedenin and documents that they had given to the investigation, the following became apparent: every month, the businessmen allocated from $5 to 10 million for work with the law-enforcers. Besides his salary worth of $150 thousand, Zakharchenko received a few millions - sometimes as residential or non-residential real estate property. This money was used as bribes for employees of MIA and the Federal Security Service. It was also used to pay for presents to law-enforcers (i.e. deluxe watches, resort trips etc.).
The same money was paid to ‘decision makers’ who worked with the Federal Tax Service, the Investigative Committee of Russia and others. Source of the agency said Dmitry Smychkovsky was among the ‘decision makers’. Smychkovsky had been on a wanted list for giving bribes to a former employee of the Investigative Committee Mikhail Maksimenko for release of Andrey Kochuykov, an assistant of a ‘thief in law’ Shakro Molodoy. According to the operative data, Smychkovsky is in London now and runs a business with Motorin. The ‘decision makers’ left some of the funds for themselves; another part was given to the law-enforcers, so the ‘corruption mechanism’ worked properly for many years.
Source of the agency says the law-enforcers made a list of 20 law-enforcers who could be related to receiving of money and presents. Work with the evidence base is expected to be over by late July. After that, other detentions in Zakarchenko’s case might be carried out.