Moscow: FSB carries out major searches in case related to theft of funds from Russian Railways. Damage to be estimated at $4.5 billion

Moscow: FSB carries out major searches in case related to theft of funds from Russian Railways. Damage to be estimated at $4.5 billion
Sergey Mendeleev, Boris Usherovich, and Valery Markelov Photo: CrimeRussia

The defendants in the case are the main contractor of the Russian Railways and high-ranking employees of MIA and the Federal Security Service.

Major operation by the Federal Security Service and the Investigative Committee of Russia is being carried out in Moscow. The operation is related to a case into theft of funds from the Russian Railways. According to Rumafia, a few dozens of searches are being carried out now. Criminal case under article 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Creation of a criminal community) is known to have been investigated. As soon as the searches are over, detentions are going to be carried out.

Members of the criminal community have allegedly siphoned off an astronomical amount of 300 billion rubles ($4.5 billion) from the government monopoly. The main organization men in the criminal community are co-owners of GK 1520 Borish Usherovich and Valery Markelov, as well as their partner - a Moldavian politician Renato Usaty. According to the agency, the investigation will relate to high-ranking employees of MIA and the Federal Security Service who had covered the criminals.

In 2018, Markelov and Usherovich were accused of giving bribes to a billionaire colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko who was sentenced to 13 years in a colony. The investigation theory is that the colonel had been receiving ‘salary’ worth of $150 thousand for more than ten years for covering of machinations of the co-owners of GK 1520. Markelov was arrested, and Usherovich escaped and was put on an international wanted list. Usaty is not going to return to Russia, as well. He told about it in his interview many times.

Sources of Rucriminal.info believe that after Markelov and Usherovich left the game, president of the Hockey federation of Moscow and banker Sergey Mendeleev continued their business. After the heads of the ‘banking’ department of the ‘K’ directorate of the Federal Security Service Dmitry Frolov and Kirill Cherkalin were arrested, Mendeleev left Russia. It is not excluded that he is going to become another defendant in the case.

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