Maksimenko's deputy Lamonov makes plea deal with investigation
This means the court may go easy on one of the high-ranking committee officials accused of taking a bribe from crime lord Shakro Molodoy.
The Main Department Head Aleksandr Lamonov, who is currently under investigation, has begun cooperating with investigators, according to Rosbalt's sources familiar with the situation.
This makes Lamonov’s superior Mikhail Maksimenko the only remaining defendant who does not cooperate with the investigators.
That is why the source believes it is possible Lamonov will be charged with violation of Art. 290 (Bribe-Taking on an Especially Large Scale) instead of Art. 291.1 (Mediation in Bribery) of the Russian Criminal Code.
To recall, General Denis Nikandrov – another defendant accused of taking a bribe from Zakhary Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy) – is discussing a plea bargain with the Russian FSB, as reported earlier. He has already begun testifying. That is why the house of Head of the ICR Main Investigations Directorate General Drymanov was searched, allegedly. Drymanov was suspected following the accusation against his first deputy.
Soon Drymanov publicly refuted this information. General Nikandrov’s defense team adopted the same tactic, saying one has to plead guilty to make a plea bargain; Nikandrov and his supposed accessories pleaded not guilty. However, Mikhail Maksimenko later said it was possible he would cooperate with the investigators independently from his attorneys.
Head of the ICR General Administration of Interagency Cooperation and Internal Security Mikhail Maksimenko refused to testify and cooperate with the investigators once this information went public. He officially announced the decision to the media through his attorney.
Meanwhile, it was reported a $500-thousand bribe was added to the case file on September 12. The accusation involves former police officer Denis Bogoretsky and Yakitoriya Chain Restaurant co-founder Oleg Sheykhametov. Moreover, the investigators know about the defendants taking at least 5 more bribes aside from those already mentioned in the case file, as reported earlier by Rosbalt.
For example, the FSB believes Maksimenko could take bribes from billionaire Andrey Skoch and former Advisor to the Russian Supreme Court Chainman Igor Borisenko.
He did not have much choice once Nikandrov and Lamonov’s assistant Denis Bogorodetsky began testifying, according to Rosbalt's source. He could "either face trial with Maksimenko for taking a bribe or begin cooperating with the investigators and become an intermediary who would hand Maksimenko a bribe. This is a quite fair representation of the role he had in the case."
The FSB investigators had already offered Lamonov testifying in exchange for being released from jail under house arrest in July.
To recall, First Deputy Head of the ICR in Moscow, Major-General Denis Nikandrov, Head of the ICR General Administration of Interagency Cooperation and Internal Security Mikhail Maksimenko, and his subordinate Aleksandr Lamonov were arrested for taking a bribe from crime lord Zakhary Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy) on July 19, 2016. They were charged with new offenses in the course of the investigation.