New head of Moscow Main Investigative Directorate appointed in intense secrecy
It is Rostislav Rassokhov.
Following long months of approvals, a new chief appeared at the Main Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of Russia in Moscow - Rostislav Rassokhov, Head of the Main Directorate for Investigation of Especially Important Cases of the Investigative Committee, has been appointed to this position, sources close to the department inform.
According to some reports, it was possible to agree on his candidacy with the presidential administration of the Russian Federation. However, the appointment was held in the utmost secrecy - so far the information on the head of the Directorate has not been updated on the site of the Investigative Committee for Moscow.
According to sources, Rassokhov is close not to the Investigative Committee Head Alexander Bastrykin, but to his Deputy Igor Krasnov. Bastrykin himself wanted Zigmund Lozhis, Head of the Criminalistics Department of the Investigative Committee, to take the helm of the Main Investigative Directorate. However, his candidacy was turned down in the presidential administration several times.
The post of Head of the Investigative Committee Directorate for Moscow was previously held by Alexander Drymanov, who has been in the pre-trial detention center in the case of bribes from the entourage of thief in law Shakro Molodoy for a year now. In July, the court extended his arrest for another three months.
According to the investigation, Drymanov, together with his former first Deputy Denis Nikandrov and the ex-Head of the Investigative Directorate for the Central Administrative District of Moscow, Alexey Kramarenko, was a member of an organized criminal group, led by the former Head of the Internal Security Directorate of the Investigative Committee Mikhail Maksimenko. They received a bribe of $ 1 million for facilitating the release of Andrey Kochuykov, an associate of thief in law Shakro Molodoy. Drymanov was also charged with the second count of taking a bribe, the amount of which is about 500 thousand rubles ($7.9 thousand).
Last year, Maksimenko was sentenced to 13 years in a strict-regime colony. Nikandrov was sentenced to 5.5 years in prison. Drymanov denies his guilt.
Presumably, it concerns the US response to Ukraine’s help in the investigation against Joseph Biden, Trump’s main rival in the 2020 presidential election, who allegedly was in collusion with Kiev during the previous campaign.