Witness for prosecution Zvontsev has never met Nikandrov and Maksimenko
A witness for the prosecution, the Director of private security firm Dmitry Zvontsev, confirms his involvement in the transfer of a bribe from Shakro Molodoy, but says that he has met neither Nikandrov, nor Maksimenko in person.
The defense refutes the testimony of the prosecution witness. The lawyers claim that Nikandrov and Maksimenko could not actually fulfill the promise to close the case of Shakro and Italian, even if they had selfish intent.
The defense argues that lead investigator of the case decided to change Art. 163 of the Russian Criminal Code (Extortion) for Art. 330 (Arbitrariness). However, he did not want to take responsibility for the outcome of this high-profile case, and asked for approval for this proposal from several regulatory bodies, namely, the Investigative Committee Executive Board in the Central Administrative District, the Procedural Control Department of the ICR Main Directorate in Moscow, and Moscow Prosecutor’s Office. All of them have confirmed the legality of this decision. Lawyers claim that their clients could not influence all these agencies, because they did not have proper authorization. So, they chose not to take such obligations.
Source of Kommersant implied that the main evidence in the case of senior investigators is Dmitry Zvontsev’s testimony, who is the director of private security firm controlled by Shakro. Zvontsev admitted his involvement in the transfer of a bribe from the criminal leader. However, Zvontsev added that he had never met with either Nikandrov or Maksimenko. He only heard from other intermediaries about the final recipients.
"The FSB investigator was not impressed" by the attorney’s arguments, Kommersant reported. Presumably, the intelligence services have more tangible evidence that had not been announced yet.
According to sources close to the Prosecutor’s Office of the Noginsk District of the Moscow Region, law enforcement authorities have recently launched an inquest against 27-year-old Anton Manegin, co-owner of Timokhovo landfill site and son of its General Director Konstantin Manegin, on suspicion of complicity in siphoning off funds via a network of contractors.
Private Security Company (PSC) Graps-2, whose employees provoked a conflict with the guards of billionaire Gavril Yushvaev in Moscow City, is managed by the second co-owner of Oko tower, Vladislav Doronin.
Lawyer Damir Gainutdinov from Agora asks for recommendation to the Russian Federation Government "to refrain from expanding the practice of arbitrary interference in the right to freedom of expression, privacy and anonymity, including online."