"The work is very complex, very laborious" — Presidential Spokesman about case of Colonel Zakharchenko

"The work is very complex, very laborious" — Presidential Spokesman about case of Colonel Zakharchenko
Dmitry Zakharchenko Photo: Gennady Gulyaev / Kommersant

The press secretary for the Russian president said that Vladimir Putin had been informed about the colonel’s detention and 8 billion rubles confiscated from him.

The Presidential Press-Secretary Dmitry Peskov commented on the arrest and the investigation of the criminal case against the police Colonel, the Acting Head of the anti-corruption department of the MIA Dmitry Zakharchenko. The spokesman stated that the case is entrusted to the commission led by the Head of the Presidential Administration Anton Vaino.

"The work is very complex, very laborious," Peskov said, as quoted by TASS. He also stressed that "the fight against corruption is a comprehensive process, very challenging, very difficult."

The press secretary noted that the Russian President Vladimir Putin is aware of Zakharchenko’s case and "has full information."

As reported by the CrimeRussia, the Acting Head of the Department T of the Main Department for Economic Security and Combatting the Corruption Ministry of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs Dmitry Zakharchenko was arrested for two months by the court. He stands accused of Bribe-Taking (Art. 290 of the Criminal Code), Abuse of Official Powers (Art. 285 of the Criminal Code), and Obstruction of Justice (Art. 294 of the Criminal Code).

On September 8 the FSB officers detained the Police Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko. His apartment, car, and office were searched. Security officers found an equivalent of 8 billion rubles in various currencies in the apartment of Zakharchenko’s sister, a record amount of money seized. The colonel himself denies any connection to this money. Some media sources reported that part of the found money had been illegally withdrawn from the Nota-Bank, which had been deprived of license in November 2015. Interfax also reported that Zakharchenko had helped the former CEO of VimpelCom Mikhail Slobodin to flee from justice, after he had been put on the federal wanted list in connection with the Renova case.

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