Bank-cover scheme of FSB K Directorate officers unveiled

Bank-cover scheme of FSB K Directorate officers unveiled

Security officials received a percentage of funds withdrawal, or fixed kickbacks and bribes for specific violations.

Employees of the Directorate K of the FSB of Russia, with the support of internal security service and employees of the special divisions Alpha and Vympel, received income from covering banks, report The Bell and Proekt with reference to sources close to the FSB.

According to sources, security officials either received 0.1–0.2% of the volume of the funds withdrawn, or fixed kickbacks and bribes for specific violations. Also, according to the co-owner of one of the banks with a revoked license, the K Directorate charged credit organizations engaged in cash withdrawals a “subscription fee.”

The “subscription fee” in the bank was collected by a seconded official-cover operative - a retired FSB or KGB officer who served as Head of the bank’s economic security service.

Alpha and Vympel officers transported cash around Moscow in their spare time. It is also reported that the K Directorate had to interact with the FSB Internal Security Directorate, whose employees were cognizant of the illegal activities of their colleagues.

It is reported that Kirill Cherkalin, the Head of the “Banking” Department of the K Directorate of the FSB, accused of receiving bribes worth $ 850,000, was involved in the scheme. Cherkalin was arrested on April 25, 2019.

Cherkalin is also a suspect in a case of his former colleagues Dmitry Frolov and Andrey Vasilyev, who, according to the investigators, under threat of criminal prosecution took away assets for 490 million rubles ($ 7.7 m) from Moscow developer Sergey Glyadelkin.

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