MIA disbands Department T previously led by Colonel Zakharchenko
A new structure will be created in the nearest future to perform the functions of the anti-crime department in the fuel and energy complex.
During the reorganization of the MIA General Administration for Economic Security and the Fight Against Corruption (GUEBiPK), the department for the fight against crimes in the fuel and energy complex was disbanded. Until September 2016, the department was led by the arrested Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko.
The order to eliminate the Department T was signed on January 24, RIA Novosti reported, citing its source. Its function will be carried out by a new structure that will be established in the near future.
It should be noted that the information about upcoming reforms at GUEBiPK came two weeks after the Acting Head of the Department T, Dmitry Zakharchenko, had been detained on September 8 and subsequently arrested. He was charged under three articles of the Criminal Code — Abuse of Official Powers (Art. 285 of the Criminal Code), Bribe-Taking on an especially large scale (Art. 290), and Obstruction of Justice and Preliminary Investigation (Art. 294).
In late September, Zakharchenko’s immediate superior, Alexander Tischenko, was dismissed. Chief of the anti-corruption department General Kurnosenko, Head of the personnel department Vladimir Abmetko, and Head of MIA department for transport in the Central Federal District Oleg Kalinkin (previously served as the Deputy Head of GUEBiPK and was responsible for the operational activities of the Department T) were issued a warning about incomplete competence.
It was also reported that GUEBiPK would likely be disbanded completely, since two years earlier, it received a heavy blow to the reputation after its former Head General Denis Sugrobov and his deputy Boris Kolesnikov had been arrested (the latter committed suicide during the investigation). However, after a series of extensive internal inspections and thorough ‘cleansing,’ the anti-corruption department survived by getting rid of the directorate associated with Zakharchenko’s name.
As the CrimeRussia previously reported, FSB and ICR conducted a special operation to arrest Dmitry Zakharchenko and found 8.5 billion rubles, mostly in foreign currency, during the search in his sister's apartment. Zakharchenko argued that he was innocent and had nothing to do with the money. Meanwhile, the investigation suspects him of illegal actions in a number of high-profile criminal cases, including embezzlement of funds from Nota-Bank and protection racket in shady schemes of state contract for Russian Railways. There is also a theory that the colonel was the keeper of the so-called ‘common fund’ for the corrupt employees of GUEBiPK.
Several new criminal cases against corrupt officials have been instituted in Dagestan. The high-ranked suspects include Abdulmedzhid Suleimanov, ex-Mayor of Izberbash; Amir Magomedov, ex-Head of the Izberbash Administration; Magomed Dzhelilov, Head of the Derbent District; and El’dar Karagishiev, Head of the Babayurt District. In the past, all of them were suspected of similar crimes – but somehow managed to get off the hook. The new arrests occur amid the anti-corruption campaign in the republican law enforcement structures. What are the true reasons behind the new wave of the personnel purge? Can the anti-corruption slogans conceal a fierce battle waged by local clans for redistribution of assets with the purpose to create a new ‘untouchable’ elite in Dagestan?