Investigative Committee of Russia works on 2 other cases against ex-colonel Zakharchenko

Investigative Committee of Russia works on 2 other cases against ex-colonel Zakharchenko
Dmitry Zakharchenko

Former employee of the Main Directorate for Economic Safety and Counteracting Corruption of Russia’s MIA is a defendant in a case into bribe taking from owners of GK 1520 and creation of an organized criminal community involving law enforcers and businessmen.

Former employee of the Main Directorate for Economic Safety and Counteracting Corruption of Russia’s MIA Dmitry Zakharchenko who had been deprived of his colonel title and sentenced to 13 years in a colony for bribe taking and obstruction of justice is a defendant in 2 other cases the Investigative Committee of Russia is working on, reports Rosbalt with reference to sources within law enforcement. The first case is related to bribe taking from owners of GK 1520 and its financiers; another case is into creation of an organized criminal community involving law enforcers and businessmen.

According to sources of Rosbalt, the bribe givers in the first case are co-owners of GK 1520 Borish Usherovich and Valery Markelov, bankers Dmitry Motorin and Ivan Stankevich. Markelov was arrested in autumn, 2018. Usherovich and Motorin (the latter is put on a wanted list) are hiding in London. Both are seeking asylum in Great Britain. With that, Motorin works with Dmitry Smychkovsky who is on a wanted list on accusation of mediation in giving bribes to officers of the Investigative Committee of Russia for release of a sidekick of a ‘thief in law’ Shakro Molodoy - Andrey Kochuykov (aka Italianets). Stankevich (who is also on a wanted list) is hiding in the U.S.

The investigation theory is that GK 1520 had won contracts from the Russian Railways worth of large amounts. A major part of these funds had been siphoning off through banks controlled by Motorin and Stankevich. The investigation believes that Zakharchenko had been a head of a security establishment of a business community founded on funds from the contract with the Russian Railways. He had got $150 thousand monthly for it. The total of his consideration was 2 billion rubles ($31 million). The investigation, however, determined that that was just a part of the funds the ex-colonel had received from the owners of GK 1520.

They are determined to have given him 5 non-residential properties worth of $30 million at different times. Zakharchenko registered this property in the name of his relatives and acquaintances. The accommodations were for lease and generated additional income for the ex-policeman.

Besides that, it was determined that more than $120 million that had been found in Zakharchenko’s secret apartment had been the charges on the Russian Railways’ contracts. The investigation theory is that the money had been received in banks controlled by Motorin and Stankevich. Motorin dealt with payment, conversion and exchange of funds for Zakharchenko. Banker German Gorbuntsov was exempted from criminal liability, as he had reported about bribe giving on his own will. Thanks to his testimonies, ‘trace’ of the Russian Railways appeared in Zakharchenko’s case.

There are no accused in the case into creation of an organized criminal community (article 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The source says the investigation encountered “a well organized group members of which had had common corruption interests - siphoning off of the Russian Railways’ funds from Russia being one of them.” Law enforcers of different levels played a major role in the business. It is not only about Zakharchenko and an employee of the Federal Security Service Dmitry Senin, but a large group of other employees - former and current - of law enforcement bodies of different levels. “Reinvigoration of the investigation is expected to be carried out following Zakharchenko’s sentence. The results are expected to appear in late summer,” the source of Rosbalt stated.

On June 10, Moscow’s Presnensky court sentenced Dmitry Zakharchenko to 13 years in a colony.

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