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.
Earlier, the Prosecutor General's Office appealed to the court demanding that the proceeds of the ex-deputy head of the MIA Economic Security and Anticorruption Dept be returned to the state, since it had been acquired by criminal means, according to the investigators. We are talking about 9 billion rubles’ worth of property and cash ($152.2m). The MIA official is accused of Abuse of Official Powers (Art. 285 of the Criminal Code), Bribe-Taking (Art. 290 of the Criminal Code) and Obstruction of Carrying out of Justice and of Preliminary Investigations (Art. 294 of the Criminal Code).
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).