Moscow Hockey Federation president fled Russia after FSB officers’ arrest
Sergey Mendeleyev is also suspected of involvement in the withdrawal of money from Russia by the owners of 1520 Group of Companies, who were backed by Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko.
Sergey Mendeleyev, President of the Moscow Hockey Federation and banker, has left Russia, reports Rucriminal.info. According to sources of the project, investigators are willing to question him in a case of the former and current heads of the Banking Department of the Directorate K of the FSB of Russia, Dmitry Frolov and Kirill Cherkalin. The sources claim Mendeleyev was familiar with the arrested officers.
Cherkalin and Frolov were detained in the spring of 2019 on charges of corruption and fraud. During the search at Cherkalin's home, 12 billion rubles ($189.2 m) were found.
In addition to this, Mendeleyev could participate in laundering and withdrawing funds received under contracts with Russian Railways from Russia by the co-owners of 1520 Group of Companies, Boris Usherovich and Valery Markelov. The business was covered by billionaire Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko, who was sentenced to 13 years in prison for taking bribes and obstructing justice.
In 2018, Markelov and Usherovich were charged with giving bribes to Zakharchenko. The investigation believes that the Colonel for more than 10 years received a monthly 'salary' of 150 thousand dollars for shielding the clandestine activities of the co-owners of GC 1520. Markelov was arrested, and Usherovich went into hiding and was put on the international wanted list.
According to the sources of Rucriminal.info, after Markelov and Usherovich “dropped out of the game,” Mendeleyev continued laundering activities and withdraw Russian Railways money - funds under contracts of the railway company still go to GC 1520. It is reported that recently the security services have begun to investigate the theft of Russian Railways' funds, which also served as a reason for the banker to flee the country.