Dagestan ex-head’s former adviser calls anti-corruption department 'organized criminal group on a grand scale'

Dagestan ex-head’s former adviser calls anti-corruption department 'organized criminal group on a grand scale'
Denga Khalidov

This way Denga Khalidov reacted to the news about "billionaire Colonel" Dmitry Zakharchenko.

Former Adviser to the ex-Head of the Republic of Dagestan Ramazan Abdulatipov, Denga Khalidov, called the Main Directorate for Economic Safety and Counteracting Corruption (GUEBiPK) of the MIA of Russia “an organized criminal group on a grand scale.” This way the politician commented on the case of “billionaire Colonel” Dmitry Zakharchenko.

Khalidov called the money, found at Zakharchenko’s, "a common fund of corrupt officials and gangsters in uniform" in the Interior Ministry. He upbraided the leaders of the arrested Colonel for silence, and also appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin asking why Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev remained at his post after the row.

“Is not it time to carry out a thorough personnel purge and reform this criminal network like Georgia?” wrote Khalidov.

Also, the former Adviser to Abdulatipov recalled that several high-ranking government officials of Dagestan were arrested because of trifling 100 million rubles ($1.5 m). At the same time, according to him, because of the “almost 30 billion rubles ($456 m)” found at Zakharchenko’s, none of the Colonel’s leaders was held accountable.

“I am not bloodthirsty, but a blatant injustice against Dagestan is obvious,” concluded Khalidov.

Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko, former interim Head of T department of the GUEBiPK of the Interior Ministry, was rounded up during a special operation of the FSB in September 2016 on charges of taking a bribe, abusing official authority and preventing the preliminary investigation. A search in a Moscow apartment of the Colonel's sister turned up $124 million, 1.5 million euros and 342 million rubles ($5.1 m) in cash. Subsequently, it became clear that having an official income of 12 million rubles ($182.4 thousand), for 15 years of service Zakharchenko purchased 27 expensive apartments and parking slots, which he took out in the names of his immediate circle. Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev called Zakharchenko’s case a "hard blow to the reputation of the department."

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