London detains fixer of Shakro case
He was the one who handed over $1 million for Italianets release.
UK law enforcers have detained Dmitry Smychkovsky, a businessman and one of the key defendants in the case about the bribery of Investigative Committee officers. According to the FSB, he was an intermediary in the $1-million bribe from the thief in law Zakhary Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy) for the release of his crony, Andrey Kochuykov (Italianets).
Smychkovsky was not hiding in London; just the opposite, he was quite openly engaged in business. According to a Rosbalt source in law enforcement agencies, he and a runaway banker Dmitry Motorin arranged VIP hunting for wealthy English people. Perhaps, Smychkovsky was even unaware that he was on Interpol’s international wanted list.
Russia has already sent a request for his extradition to Moscow. However, as Rosbalt’s source suggested, London is unlikely to extradite him given the worsened relations between the two countries.
Smychkovsky has already been released on bail.
It was Denis Nikandrov who had told the investigators about the fixer. The former Moscow deputy head of the Investigative Committee, sentenced to 5.5 years in a strict-regime prison this summer, said he had had a meeting with Smychkovsky when he was considering buying a Porsche 911.
Apart from Nikandrov, the former Head of the Main Investigative Directorate of the ICR for Moscow, Alexander Drymanov, a high-ranking employee of the Central Office of the ICR of the Russian Federation, Mikhail Maksimenko, and the Head of ICR for the Central Administrative District of Moscow, Alexey Kramarenko, are also accused of receiving a bribe.
From the amount Smychkovsky transferred to Kramarenko, Nikandrov and Drymanov got 200 thousand dollars each, and Maksimenko took the remaining 400 thousand dollars.
At the same time, during interrogations Nikandrov clarified that Smychkovsky, who incidentally knew Drymanov and Maksimenko well, was only an intermediary, and the money was allocated by a person willing to help thief in law Zakhary Kalashov. Smychkovsky specified his surname, but Nikandrov allegedly does not remember it, except that it is Armenian.
In parallel, as Rosbalt writes, another bribe worth 500 thousand dollars for the release of Kochuykov was allocated by businessman Oleg Sheykhametov. When this came to the surface, skirmishes began between the bribe takers and the interested party.
According to the testimony of Nikandrov, when it turned out that the FSB officers learned about the receipt of money, Drymanov personally “gave the order to Smychkovsky to leave Moscow for a while, since Smychkovsky spoke with Shakro Molodoy several times.”
Nikandrov said that "according to Drymanov, this circumstance made it possible to associate himself with Kalashov, since both of them communicated with Smychkovsky, whom he (Drymanov) constantly accepted as a dear guest."
Now Drymanov and Maksimenko continue to refuse to testify. Kramarenko communicates with the investigators, but he assures that he did not receive any money and released Kochuykov at the direction of his leaders, Nikandrov and Drymanov.
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