Billionaire colonel of FSB who provided patronage to bankers went to meetings on Range Rover and wearing Rolex

Billionaire colonel of FSB who provided patronage to bankers went to meetings on Range Rover and wearing Rolex

The security official discussed common affairs with businessmen in expensive restaurants.

Employees of the "K" Department of the FSB Dmitry Frolov and Kirill Cherkalin, who are accused of bribery and swindling, met with bankers in expensive restaurants and discussed cooperation and problems arising from it, The Bell writes. To one of these meetings, Cherkalin arrived on the Range Rover with a personal driver and a Rolex watch on his arm. 

According to the publication, in the late 2000s, Frolov and Cherkalin met with the Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Intelfinans bank, Mikhail Zavertyaev, who had shortly before that been beaten by Yevgeny Dvoskin, who had connections in the FSB and among criminals. Two months after Dvoskin’s attack, almost 11.7 billion rubles ($ 185 million) were withdrawn from Intelfinans.

According to Zavertyaev, Frolov and Cherkalin tried to find out from him which banker had evidence of the Dvoskin incident, and also urged them to give up trying to recover the money stolen from the bank.

Another meeting at an expensive Moscow restaurant was held with the participation of Cherkalin and co-owner of the financial group Life, Alexander Zheleznyak. It was this meeting, to which the FSB officer reportedly showed up wearing expensive watches. Cherkalin advised Zheleznyak to hire a retired FSB officer to the post of vice-president of and pay him $ 120,000 a year, providing a separate office, a car, a personal driver and an assistant.

Earlier, the media wrote that Cherkalin and Frolov provided patronage to banks and received 0.1–0.2% of the withdrawn funds, or fixed amounts. Cherkalin’s colleague, Andrey Vasiliev, also got under investigation. During the searches, the security forces found 12 billion rubles ($ 190 million )from those defendants.

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