ICR General Drymanov may obtain immunity from FSB through lawyer status
Such a development of events will allow the Major-General of Justice, suspected of taking bribes from Shakro Molodoy, to retain a subject of the exclusive jurisdiction of the Investigative Committee of Russia.
Alexander Drymanov, the former Head of the Main Investigative Directorate (MID) of the Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) for the Moscow region, who is named in the materials of the FSB’s investigation into bribe-taking by high-ranking officials with the ICR from thief in law Zakhary Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy), can become a lawyer. This is reported by Kommersant with reference to a source in law enforcement agencies.
According to the interlocutor of the agency, this development of events will allow the Major-General of Justice to retain the status of a special subject, remaining at the same time a subject of the exclusive jurisdiction of his department, and not the FSB. That said, Drymanov's rank will be pulled down, the source of the publication notes, since not only ICR Head Alexander Bastrykin, will be able to bring lawyer Drymanov to responsibility, as it used to be, but also the Head of any regional Investigative Directorate of the ICR.
This detail is vital as Drymanov, despite the fact that he could easily claim a position in any bar association, does not consider the capital as a potential place for a new job, avoiding the inevitable buzz in the media in this case.
Kommersant notes that Alexander Drymanov can get a job in the Bar Association of the Volgograd region, where the General has long-standing friendly ties since the ex-Head of the capital's ICR’s MID once graduated from the Volgograd Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, which teaches prospective investigators.
However, the board of experts of the Volgograd regional Association informed the media outlet that at the last monthly exam, Drymanov was not among the candidates. The ICR, where Alexander Drymanov is still listed despite the removal from office, also did not confirm this information to the publication.
The ICR did not see a decree of the Russian President on the dismissal of Drymanov, usually followed by Alexander Bastrykin's order, the source in the ICR told Kommersant. According to it, Alexander Drymanov is currently taking his time off for all the vacations that have accumulated during his stint and is undergoing a medical examination mandatory on the eve of dismissal from the department.
The fact that the Head of the ICR’s MID for Moscow, Major-General of Justice Alexander Drymanov wrote a letter of intent to resign addressed to Russian President Vladimir Putin became known on June 1. Drymanov indicated superannuation as the reason for leaving.
Previously, Drymanov was at the center of a scandal when his name began to appear in the testimony of defendants in the criminal case of a bribe from thief in law Shakro Molodoy to Mikhail Maksimenko, former Head of the Investigative Committee Bureau of Internal Affairs, his Deputy Alexander Lamonov and First Deputy Head of the capital's ICR’s MID, Denis Nikandrov. According to the investigation, for bribes from Shakro Molodoy the defendants planned to organize the release his accomplice, criminal authority Andrey Kochuykov, arrested in the case of a shootout in Rochdelskaya Street in December 2015. At the same time, Drymanov was regularly mentioned at court sessions among bribe-takers, but he did not receive any status in the investigation. The General himself denies involvement in corruption, explaining suspicions about himself with the interdepartmental confrontation between the ICR and the FSB, which, he said, seeks to gain control over the Investigative Committee in the framework of the reform of the investigative bodies.
In 2018, the official became a founder of a fund that deals with shooting and entrapment of wild animals in a hunting sector he supervises. With that, the official did not report about it to his senior executives.