Fixer Dionisy Zolotov questioned on Roscosmos top-manager case

Fixer Dionisy Zolotov questioned on Roscosmos top-manager case
Dionisy Zolotov, the fixer

The lawyer convicted of King’s Water fraud, who turned in his own patron Vladimir Rozhkov, the Moscow Western District police chief, was in the same cell with Evdokimov, who got killed in SIZO No. 5 (pre-trial detention center).⁠

Investigators are interrogating all the cellmates of Roscosmos top-manager Vladimir Evdokimov, who was killed at Vodniki pre-trial detention center No. 5. They have been put in different solitary confinement cells, where they are giving their testimonies. According to Life, Dionisy Zolotov (Denis Tumarkin) is among Evdokimov’s 11 cellmates. Zolotov is a fixer (mediator between top officials and bribe givers), who used his extensive ties in law enforcement to initiate frame-up criminal cases against entrepreneurs, and then offered his help for a fee if they wanted the charges dropped.

He was detained in the summer of 2014. Searches revealed audio and video footage proving Vladimir Rozhkov’s involvement into the raider seizure of King’s Water Company. Zolotov had recorded all of his shadow-deal talks planning to use the recordings for blackmail. In August 2016, the Supreme Court of Russia upheld Zolotov’s sentence: 6 years in prison and a fine of 14 million rubles ($244.189) for attempted stealing of valuables worth millions of dollars. The fixer has had a number of previous convictions.

Vladimir Rozhkov was found guilty of bribe-taking in October 2016 and sentenced to 10 years in prison and a fine of 30 million rubles ($523.263).

To remind: the Moscow Basmanny Court had arrested Evdokimov and his alleged accomplice Aleksandr Zolin, the former director of Nauchno-tekhnichesky Tsentr CJSC (Scientific and Technical Center) in December 2016. They were charged under part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (Swindling committed on an especially large scale). Early on March 18, Evdokimov was found in detention facility's bathroom with stab wounds. Initially, it was assumed to have been a suicide, but then the investigators began to suspect the Roscosmos top-manager had been murdered.

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