Attempt to discredit investigators of Moscow mansion raider seizure case
The Nizhny Novgorod lawyer demands to return him 250 thousand rubles ($4.4 thousand), spent by him during the operational experiment of the FSB. The siloviki say that all this is aimed at discrediting the investigators of the Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR).
There is an unexpected twist in a high-profile case on the raider seizure of a mansion in the center of Moscow. As Kommersant learned, a friend of Yevgeny Ryzhov, one of the defendants in this case, filed a claim to Nizhegorodsky district court of Nizhny Novgorod with a demand to collect 250.000 rubles ($4.4 thousand) from the management of the regional federal treasury and the Ministry of Finance. Andrey Olenichev asks to recognize the Nizhny Novgorod regional prosecutor's office and the management of the ICR, the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation, the presidential administration of Russia on anti-corruption issues, as well as the Office of Investigations of the ICR in the Central Administrative District of Moscow third parties.
According to Olenichev, at the end of June last year he was approached by his familiar lawyer Yevgeny Ryzhov, who is wanted in the case of an attempted raider seizure of the mansion in the center of Moscow. He asked Olenichev to pass a bribe of $3 million to some employees of the Main Investigative Directorate of the ICR in Moscow, promising the lawyer to close his case. Olenichev claims that instead of helping a friend, he applied to the FSB of Moscow and the Moscow region. There he was offered to help detain the bribe takers. However, referring to bureaucratic acrimony, they asked him to make phony cash with marked bills using his own funds. Olenichev bought 3 thousand dollars and laid them out as if it were 1 million dollars in the first tranche. The mediator in obtaining the bribe was lawyer Vladimir Kochkin, with whom Olenichev agreed to meet on June 29 at Okhotny Ryad shopping center in the capital. At the time of transfer of money, he was detained. However, given his status the signing of the decision to open a criminal case against him was delayed for several days. As a result, he was released and disappeared. The money of Olenichev, promised to be returned at the end of the operational experiment, was never received by him.
At the same time, as the sources of the newspaper said, it is questionable that the lawsuit was directed not in Moscow, but in Nizhny Novgorod, and the employees of the capital FSB are not listed in it as either side, although it was them who carried out the operational experiment. All this suggests the attempt to discredit the employees of the ICR.
When it comes to Ryzhov, because of which this situation arose, new charges were added to him apart from the raid. He became a defendant of eight criminal cases, among which there is swindling and theft of materials of a civil case from the court.
Yevgeny Ryzhov is hiding in the USA after the accusation of involvement in the attempt of raider seizure of an ancient private residence in Gogol Boulevard in Moscow several years ago. According to the investigation, for this purpose the criminal group used a number of forged documents and bribery of the judge – chairman of the 5th judicial assembly of Moscow Arbitration Court Irina Baranova. After receiving 100 thousand euros Baranova contributed to a court decision in favor of the raiders – Mikhail Balakirev and Mikhail Chernov. However when the details of the scheme were revealed, Chernov and Balakirev were detained, and Baranova managed to flee to the United States. As a result, she was charged in absentia, and in 2013 the scammers were sentenced to seven years of imprisonment.
It is noteworthy that even being behind bars Chernov continued to lead the operation to take away part of the mansion. His accomplices at large have obtained the sanction to arrest the building, after which they sold their part of the offshore company for 7.5 million rubles ($132.2 thousand). In this they were assisted by lawyers Dmitry Lysakovsky, Petr Chikhun, Yevgeny Ryzhov and previously repeatedly convicted businessman Georgy Pirumov. But they did not manage to get the building to their disposal again. Fearing persecution, Lysakovsky and Chikhun fled to the Donbass, where, according to their own words, they took part in hostilities. Lysakovskiy received the call sign Goodwin and represented the DNR in the International Criminal Court at the United Nations. Upon his return to Russia he was detained, later the rest of the participants of the criminal scheme (except for Ryzhov and Judge Baranova who fled abroad) went to jail. Of all the defendants only Pirumov admitted his guilt and concluded a deal with the investigation, as a result of which he received a sentence of one year and eight months of the colony. Given the serving of part of his term in prison, he will soon be eligible for parole.
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Kochkin is detained in the headquarters building and brought to the police department, where policemen drew up a protocol under Violating the Established Procedure for Arranging or Conducting a Meeting, Rally, Demonstration, Procession or Picket (part 8 of Article 20.2 of the Code of Administrative Offenses). According to the activist, in the near future he will go on trial.