Prosecutor General's Office named term of "billionaire Colonel" Zakharchenko's father before verdict was announced

Prosecutor General's Office named term of "billionaire Colonel" Zakharchenko's father before verdict was announced
Viktor Zakharchenko

A report on the term has already been deleted.

The Prosecutor General’s Office published a report on a term for the father of Interior Ministry Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko accused of taking bribes, Viktor Zakharchenko, and his accomplice Vladimir Koryevkin before the court pronounced the sentence. The message has already been deleted, but screenshots with the text are available on the Internet.

The report of the prosecutor's office said that Zakharchenko was sentenced to five years in a penal colony, and Koryevkin - to six years. Both defendants were also fined 500 thousand rubles ($7.7 thousand). At the time of the report's publication, the announcement of the verdict in court has just begun.

The Prosecutor General’s Office called the incident a “technical error,” Vedomosti reports. The press service of the prosecutor's office said that the message should have been about the stance of the prosecution rather than about the sentence.

Telegram channel Mash informs that the court sentenced Viktor Zakharchenko to four years in prison and fined him 800 thousand rubles ($12.3 thousand).

Viktor Zakharchenko is accused of embezzling 4 million rubles ($61.8 thousand) of the Moscow Mortgage Agency. The investigation believes that he received the money "for nothing." Koryevkin introduced the post of Vice President for Zakharchenko, despite the fact that he did not have the necessary qualification for this. The father of the "billionaire Colonel" was arrested in late March 2017. In court, he claimed that he had become "a hostage of the situation associated with his son." During the investigation, Zakharchenko was under house arrest.

Viktor Zakharchenko's son, Colonel of the Main Directorate for Economic Safety and Counteracting Corruption of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Dmitry Zakharchenko was rounded up in September 2016 on charges of Abuse of Official Powers (Art. 285 of the Criminal Code), Obstruction of Carrying-Out of Justice (Art. 294 of the Criminal Code) and Bribe-Taking (Art. 290 of the Criminal Code). According to investigators, Zakharchenko Jr. warned former Financial Director of Nota-Bank Galina Marchukova and her sister Larisa about upcoming searches.

In December 2017, at the suit of the Prosecutor General’s Office, the court seized the property of Dmitry Zakharchenko and his relatives in favor of the state: 8 billion rubles ($123.6 m) in cash in various currencies, as well as several apartments and four cars.

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