One of billionaire Mikhalchenko’s accomplices released on bail of 10 million
Ilya Pichko, who was accused of smuggling elite alcohol, has been released from prison at the request of the Investigative Committee, on bail of 10 million rubles.
A defendant in the case of billionaire Mikhalchenko, Ilya Pichko, was released from custody at the request of the investigation. The Russian Investigative Committee requested to change the preventive measure for Pichko that Basmanny Court of Moscow extended until July 29. The court was persuaded by the arguments of the investigators, who claimed that no other preventive measure can guarantee that Pichko would not hide from justice.
However, after the interrogation, the investigators changed their minds. A source close to the case suggests that this happened due to the facts, which previously had not been disclosed by Pichko. Most likely, they expose himself and the other defendants in the case.
The main person involved in this high-profile case, one of the wealthiest people of St. Petersburg, Dmitry Mikhalchenko, currently remains in jail. Earlier, his lawyers asked to release their client on bail, but their request was denied. The accused refused to plead guilty.
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