Witness in Russia v. Zakharchenko taken under state protection
Police Major General Alexey Laushkin is a witness in Zakharchenko case. He was an intermediary in the transfer of the $800.000 bribe to Dmitry Zakharchenko.
Police Major General Alexey Laushkin was dismissed from Rosgvardya; he returned to Moscow and was taken under state protection, RIA Novosti reported citing its sources in law enforcement.
Laushkin left for Georgia fearing criminal prosecution after testifying on Zakharchenko case. He was an intermediary in the transfer of $800.000 bribe from Medi Duss, the owner of the restaurant chain La Marée, to Dmitry Zakharchenko. Laushkin took Duss’ money and passed it to FSB Colonel Dmitry Senin. After that, according to the Major General, the money was supposed to be given to Zakharchenko. Laushkin is a witness on the trial.
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