'Zakharchenko No. 2': former operative has property worth 42mn 

'Zakharchenko No. 2': former operative has property worth 42mn
Rail Mirgaleev

Zakharchenko No. 2: former operative has property worth 42 million rubles ($641,340).

The Sovetsky District Court of Ufa begins to consider an application by the Prosecutor's Office of Bashkiria on forfeiting the property of former Senior Security Officer for Particularly Important Cases of the MIA Internal Security Department in the Republic of Bashkiria, Rail Mirgaleev. This is reported by Kommersant. The supervisory agency’s complaints are that the police officer’s expenses do not match his income.

An inspection conducted by the regional MIA and the Republic Prosecutor’s Office revealed that in the period from 2012 to 2017, Mirgaleev purchased property with a total value of over 42 million rubles and registered it in the name of his mother, his children, his a common-law wife, her parents, and himself, while his annual income did not exceed 1 million rubles ($15,275). Over this period, he bought two apartments in Evpatoria, seven in Ufa, three land plots, eight cars, three residential buildings, five parking spaces in Ufa, and one non-residential premises. 

One of Mirgaleev’s residences

One of Mirgaleev’s residences

The Prosecutor's Office requires to recover all this property, as well as 13 million rubles ($198,575), which the former police officers had already sold, in favor of the state.  It concerns several apartments and cars — Toyota Camry, Ford Mondeo, Chevrolet Captiva, Toyota Land Cruiser. 

It was the extortion case (part 2 of Art. 163 of the Russian Criminal Code) against another officer of the MIA Internal Security Department, Konstantin Buriko, that prompted the exposure of Bashkir police officer’s wealth. As part of the case, ICR officers searched Rail Mirgaleev’s place in June this year, which revealed documents indicating the ownership of the above-mentioned property.

Apart from Migaleev, the claim is also directed against his mother, common-law wife Rimma Fattakhova, who used to be in law enforcement herself, and her parents. During the first session of his trial, Fattakhova’s lawyer Leonid Kulikov said that her parents have been doing business their whole life, which allegedly allowed them to purchase the property using their own resources, “without regard for Mirgaleev.” At the same time, according to him, they “have not always reflected their income in the declaration” due to their “mentality and unwillingness to pay taxes.” Fattakhova, for one, properly declared her property and law enforcers had “no questions to ask her.” 

Everest Residential Complex, where the police officer has an apartment

Everest Residential Complex, where the police officer has an apartment

Mirgaleev’s lawyer Timur Yamaldinov said that he saw no reason to trust the inspection carried out by the employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. According to him, the former police officer has become target of harassment in the media and on the Internet, which represent him as ‘Zakharchenko No. 2,’ while the materials of the Internal Security Department inspection “are not confirmed and do not correspond to reality.”

The defense applied for the withdrawal of the original documents of property ownership seized from the ex-policeman’s apartment during searches from the ICR. The judge did not support the application, explaining that this might violate the secrecy of the investigation. 

It should be added that immediately after the inspection in August this year, Mirgaleev was dismissed “due to the loss of trust” with four days left until full service record.

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