State prosecutor wants 15.5-year imprisonment and $7.6m fine for Colonel Zakharchenko

State prosecutor wants 15.5-year imprisonment and $7.6m fine for Colonel Zakharchenko
Dmitry Zakharchenko

The Internal Affairs colonel, whose family had 8.5-billion-rubles’ worth of savings, is accused of extorting bribes and obstructing the investigation.

The prosecutor's office asked to sentence the former employee of the anti-corruption department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Dmitry Zakharchenko, who is accused of corruption, to 15.5 years in a strict-regime colony and a fine of 494 million rubles ($7.6m). The case against the billionaire colonel is heard in the Presnensky court of Moscow.

Zakharchenko is accused of accepting two bribes (Art. 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and obstruction of the investigation (Art. 294 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). According to investigators, the former acting head of the T directorate of the the anti-corruption department of the Ministry of Internal accepted 800 thousand dollars from restaurateur Mehdi Douss, for protection and a 50% discount card at his restaurant La Mare, equivalent to 3.5 million rubles. Zakharchenko also warned the former financial director of Nota Bank about upcoming searches. During the search, Zakharchenko turned out to have about 8.5 billion rubles of unknown origin. The property of the colonel and his relatives worth about 9 billion rubles was turned into state revenue.

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