Zakharchenko said he is being secured false confessions by catastrophic conditions of pre-trial detention center

Zakharchenko said he is being secured false confessions by catastrophic conditions of pre-trial detention center
Dmitry Zakharchenko

The former policeman claims that he made himself persona non grata because of his professional activities, since his department was engaged in the resonant crimes.

The Former Acting Head of the Department T of the Russian MIA General Administration for Economic Security and Combatting Corruption Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko gave an interview to the publication Legal.Report. During the short interview, Zakharchenko spoke about the catastrophic conditions in Lefortovo pre-trial detention center.

"Concrete, no hot water, walks for an hour in a 2x2 room, very small cell. I was deprived in boiling water for 40 days: only a mug in the morning and evening. The food is inedible, it’s cold, belongings were taken away", the prisoner said.

According to the Colonel, all of these conditions are specifically designed to "break morale and get to confess."

The journalists' questions about the criminal case Zakharchenko answered less willingly. The defendant said he did not know the former Head of VimpelCom Mikhail Slobodin, who, according to media reports, absconded thanks to the high-ranking police officer. It is to be recalled that Slobodin is on the international wanted list on suspicion of bribing the former leadership of the Republic of Komi.

Zakharchenko also continues to insist that his case has nothing to do with the high-profile trial of the former Head of the General Administration for Economic Security and Combatting Corruption Denis Sugrobov.

In addition, the Colonel did not comment on the information on his alleged briber, or, as Zakharchenko himself called him, about his friend, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of RUS-Engineering Anatoly Pshegornitsky. According to the investigators, Pshegornitsky handed the Colonel Zakharchenko 7 million rubles at the end of 2015.

"On story with Pshegornitsky and his disappearance, about which I know nothing, I cannot comment as I am in isolation", said the prisoner.

The defendant, who still did not admit his guilt, says that the prosecution was initiated due to his work in law enforcement.

"Before that, I was threatened. My department has solved a lot of resonant crimes. And I was detained at the time when the question of my appointment was addressed. Otherwise, why wait till December 25, when I received the alleged bribe which became the cause of detention?", the Colonel wondered.

With regard to the enormous amounts of money found in the apartment of his stepsister, Zakharchenko still does not know where the money came from.

As the CrimeRussia previously reported, Dmitry Zakharchenko is under investigation on charges of abuse of power, obstruction of the preliminary investigation and taking bribes on an especially large scale. At the apartment of Zakharchenko’s stepsister on Lomonosovsky Prospekt in Moscow, 8.5 billion rubles in foreign currency were found and seized. Zakharchenko was arrested by the Presnensky District Court in Moscow until November 8.

The police officer is suspected of involvement in a number of serious crimes earlier unrelated each other, and the sources refer to him as to an influential solver engaged in a number of high-profile criminal cases: protection racket of contracting schemes for withdrawing money from Russian Railways, the shout-out on Rochdelskaya Street in Moscow, when 2 Shakro Young’s people were killed, the escape from the country of the former Head of VimpelCom Mikhail Slobodin who is a person of interest in the case on of bribery in the Renova, the banking scam in Nota-bank.

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